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.
This entry marks the beginning of a journey towards growing the perfect Monkey Puzzle Tree.
Over time I will blog about developments in the lives of these most fascinating trees.
This first entry focuses on the seeds. Seeds become available in the autumn and the ones depicted here were found in Bergen, Norway in October 2011, on the west side of the city centre. The trees themselvels are propbably over 100 years old and thrive in the wet and windy Atlantic climate.
Newly acquired seeds
A very helpful website providing useful information for how to succeed germinating the seeds is found at a blog called “Cherish our Earth” and can be accessed here. Based on advice found here the seeds are put in water for two days. Some float and some sink, the idea being that the ones sinking are the healthy ones with the greatest chance of surviving.
The water test
Immediately thereafter seeds are put in trays of moist soil. Plant the seeds with the pointy end of the seed down. You can plant the whole seed with the shell, or you can remove the outser shell and expose the seed. I find that both methods work fine.
The seed tray