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The seeds that didn’t make it

Although a large number seeds from the October/November 2011 batch germinated and grew into infant monkey puzzle trees, quite a few of them did not survive.

Out of approximatelly 24 seeds in total, 8 had not developed into anything after 2 – 2.5 months. Four of them did not seem to react at all. Three showd clear signs of a seed that drew a lot of water and started growing, however no root established itself. This could be because the root suffered from too much water and rotted. The remaining seed had developed a root, but the tip of the root was damaged. The plant was therefore not able to draw water and nutrients from the soil and stopped growing.

As the seeds remained in the soil for so long they showed signs of rotting and getting attacked by insects.

Less than two weeks ago a seed did indeed germinate, so some of the seeds could potentially develop into something. However, we will now focus on the ones that got past the first stage.

Below are some pictures of the seeds that failed and have now been discarded.

Signs of a root

A few days after the initial signs of germination, the root should be forming. The next couple of pictures shows what you can expect to see during this phase. The Araucaria Araucana root is extremely sensitive, and there is a risk that the plant will suffer as a result of exposure to the open. However in the name of documenting the life of these seeds I will take my chances.

The root is developing

Here is another example of a healthy looking root:

Another early root

Close up - only a few days old


As you will see the colour of the root is still predominantly white. Very shortly this will change, and the foundation for the trunk of the tree will soon emerge. The next blog entry will look at how the seeds develop after another two weeks of growth.