I live on 5 well-drained, south-facing acres on San Juan Island, and I intend to plant a number of Monkey Puzzle ( Araucaria araucana) with the hope of some day harvesting nuts (or letting someone else who lives longer). I have heard that these trees can resprout from a stump, unlike most conifers, and I am wondering if anyone has heard of attempts to propagate them from cuttings of a mature tree? This would be useful for distinguishing males and females, as only pollinated females produce nuts, though I have read that monoecious specimens do occur now and then. The idea of jumpstarting nut production (as with grafted walnuts) is intriguing as well but perhaps too hopeful. Another thing I am curious about is how much they might benefit from irrigation (in the rainshadow area 20-30 inches annual precipitation). I think I read a post in this forum from someone in Victoria who said that they are drought resistant when mature but will benefit from watering when young... I am hoping to visit Victoria later this year to look at more Monkey Puzzles growing in this rain shadow climate, so any pointers to outstanding trees would be great. We have a handful here on the island, and there is apparently one with viable seed in Anacortes, but it's a great excuse to visit Victoria. I am assuming that it is illegal to transport seeds or plant material of A. araucana across international borders given its endangered status, but would be interested to hear from anyone who knows more about that. I know there are quite a few of these trees scattered around the Northwest already, but it would be very intriguing to visit the native forests in Chile someday in search of a individuals with superior nuts or from climatic regions similar to our own... As you can tell I really like these trees and am looking forward to having a few of my own.