After a few days in soil a healthy seed will germinate. Below are examples of what this looks like.

The first phonto shows the first visible sign of germination. The white tab is the beginning of what will become the root.

Germination - day 1

The next image shows a close-up of the same seed:

Close-up of first day of Germination

A day later it may look like this:

Germination - Day 2

And after yet another day like this:

Germination - Day 3

Germination - Day 3

As you can see, once germination has started growth is fast. Even at this point you may want to re-plant the seed in a bigger pot. If you lift the seeds up from the soil to look at the root, do so with care. The roots are sensitive and may be destroyed by much movement or exposure.

Give it a few more days and the roots will develop further. More pictures from this in the next blog entry.

In the beginning – seeds

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

Araucaria Araucana – The Monkey Puzzle Tree

A blog that follows the development of the Araucaria Araucana – The Monkey Puzzle Tree (Norwegian: Apenes skrekk, French: d├ęsespoir des singes), from seed to tree.