[NAFEX] monkey puzzle

Devin Cooper willamette at hevanet.com
Sun Apr 13 16:58:06 EDT 2003


We have a tree in our yard in Canby, Or that I am assuming was plantd
shortly after the house was built in 1980.  It has had cones 2 out of
the last 4 years.  I do not know however if the seed are viable or
sterile.  The tree is about 50 feet tall.

Devin Cooper

"Lon J. Rombough" wrote:

> Plan on planting this for your grandchildren. In 40 years I have seen
> cones on ONE (1) tree in the NW, and it was the largest tree I've seen
> of the species.  I've been watching one in Salem, Oregon that was
> planted before 1985 and it's still not up to bearing size.  These
> things make pecans look like speedsters (and they take 10 to 12 years
> to start bearing, and up to 50 to get to full production).
>    If you can do the scoring or inversion without getting yourself
> scored by the sharp scales, you'll be doing very good.
>
>
>      From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
>      Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers
>      <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>      Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 10:11:08 -0700
>      To: "North American Fruit Explorers"
>      <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>      Subject: [NAFEX] monkey puzzle
>
>
>      There are a number of monkey puzzle trees growing in
>      Seattle, yet I have
>      never seen one produce a cone.  The tree is very slow
>      growing.  It can take
>      40 years to produce its first cone, and at this age the tree
>      is typically
>      100 feet tall.  And only after this waiting period do you
>      know if the tree
>      is male or female.  For reasons given below, I would like to
>      try growing
>      monkey puzzle as a nut crop.  I want to overcome two
>      problems with this
>      tree:
>               100 feet is too tall in my neighborhood.
>               40 years is too long to wait.
>
>      I have read that bark inversion, scoring and girdling have a
>      dwarfing affect
>      while inducing flower bud initiation... smaller trees and
>      earlier fruiting.
>      Any opinions on applying this technique to monkey puzzle?
>
>      Here is some facts about monkey puzzle nuts that starting me
>      thinking...
>
>      ttp://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Araucaria+araucana&CAN=LATIND
>
>      "Rich in starch, the seed is soft like a cashew nut and has
>      a slight flavour
>      of pine nuts. This is a delicious seed and it makes very
>      pleasant eating. It
>      is a food that can easily be eaten in quantity and can be
>      used as a staple
>      food in the diet. Fairly large, the seeds are about the size
>      of an
>      almond....This tree has an excellent potential to become a
>      commercial crop
>      in the western parts of Britain, it is high yielding, has
>      large tasty seeds
>      and is easily harvested.  Plants grow best in S.W. England
>      and along the
>      west coast of Britain where they produce seed regularly and
>      abundantly.
>      Female cones take 2 - 3 years to mature and break up at the
>      end of the year.
>      They contain up to 200 large seeds. Plants self-sow in
>      Cornwall. We have
>      records of trees regularly producing good crops of seeds in
>      various sites in
>      Cornwall, Devon and the west coast of Scotland. We also have
>      one report of
>      an excellent crop in 1997 from trees at Alvaston Castle near
>      Derby and of a
>      tree in Bedfordshire producing a heavy crop... Its main
>      disadvantages are
>      its slow rate of growth and the time it takes before the
>      first crop is
>      produced - this can be up to 40 years from seed though we
>      have often seen
>      plants less than 20 years old produce cones. The plant is
>      dioecious so at
>      least one male plant needs to be grown for every 5 - 6
>      females -
>      unfortunately there is no way of telling the sex of the tree
>      until it
>      flowers."
>
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