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Old March 29th, 2005, 01:20 PM
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Starting New Monkey Puzzle Tree

Hi,

I live in a small town in western Montana with my parents who own a Monkey Puzzle Tree (which, of course, is kept inside). They have had this tree for 25 years and have decided after moving to a smaller house that the tree needs a new home.

A few years ago my father was very ill. During this time most of our house plants died because he wasn't able to water them and the rest of us forgot to. The tree suffered from this and lost most of its branches. It has since then grown back most of what it lost, but does not look nearly as good as it once did. Because of the state of the tree my father decided that we should just let it die. This idea is not very popular with the rest of the family, so the tree is sitting in an empty house which will soon be sold. I haven't been able to think of a way to keep the tree, as I do not have a place of my own quite yet.

So, my question is, is it easy to take a trimming from the tree and start a new one? If so, how should I go about it? If not, any suggestions as to what I should do with the tree? I don't want to see it die. I was going to donate it to the local library, but it looks far too ugly at this point, and I'm sure they would not want it.

Thanks for any help.

Dorothy
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Old April 14th, 2005, 10:56 PM
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Re: Starting New Monkey Puzzle Tree

Hi Dorothy,

Your story has touched my heart. Yes, you can take cuttings and propagate another tree. From this site:
http://www.floridata.com/ref/a/arau_ara.cfm
"Propagation: By seeds or by tip cuttings from vertical shoots. Cuttings from lateral-growing shoots will develop into sprawling shrubs."

And from this site:
http://www.victorialodging.com/sowin...uzzle-tree.htm
"Cuttings of half-ripe wood, May to July in a cold frame. Only epicormic side-shoots should be used, normal side-shoots do not develop properly. An epicormic shoot is one that develops from a dormant bud on the main trunk of the tree."

Here's more info on your tree.
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/ARAARAA.pdf

Here's sites on how to propagate cuttings. Take lots of cuttings in case they don't all make it.
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplo...ort/g06970.htm

Overview of Cutting Propagation - explains many of the terms such as hardwood, softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings.
http://www.hortus.com/hudson.htm

Explains the different types of cuttings ie: hardwood, semi-hardwood and softwood and hardwood.
http://www.hortus.com/hudson.htm

Good info here from pages 8 and 9 for you.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/MG10800.pdf



This is a different plant, but will give you an idea of what you need to do.
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/631950.jpg
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/671950.jpg

If you want to use a rooting hormone, dip in water first.
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/681950.jpg
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/691950.jpg
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/701950.jpg

Best to use a pencil to make the hole in the perlite so the perlite won't scratch the stem and rub off the hormone. That's not shown in any of these pics.
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/721950.jpg

Press the perlite around the stem.
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/731950.jpg

Several cuttings in a tray.
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/741950.jpg

Tray with plastic and propped with sticks or chop sticks.
http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/cou...tos/581950.jpg

Keep your covered cuttings in a shady place. Make a couple of air holes for ventilation.


You CAN do this.
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