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WOLVERHAMPTON
BLS131
Jan 18, 2021 12:52 PM CST
My Monkey Puzzle Tree is 20 years old (only a metre high) but has this season turned a bright reddish brown and looks healthy is it dead
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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Jan 18, 2021 1:10 PM CST
Pics?
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jan 18, 2021 1:15 PM CST
Wow then mine is never going to be a tree before I die of old age
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WOLVERHAMPTON
BLS131
Jan 18, 2021 1:18 PM CST
Gina1960
We are slow starters here in the Uk
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BLS131
Jan 18, 2021 1:20 PM CST
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I WILL SEND PICS TOMORROW
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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Jan 18, 2021 1:23 PM CST
Gina, you're in a warmer climate so it should be much faster-growing. Around here (inland SoCal) I would expect around a foot a year in the ground, faster with feeding. They can be very slow-growing in containers or with limited water. How fast do Star Pines grow in your area? I would expect similar rates.
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ViburnumValley
Jan 18, 2021 2:57 PM CST
Here are images of ~20 year old Monkey Puzzle Trees (Araucaria araucana) from 2010 in Germany near Dusseldorf. My brother-in-law lives there, and we've been visiting there since 1987.

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Maybe there is something wrong with the subject plant, if it is only a meter tall after 20 years. Having bright reddish brown foliage doesn't sound good, either - since that is the color of dead tissue on this plant.
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DaisyI
Jan 18, 2021 3:53 PM CST
Yes, we need photos. The color doesn't sound good.

I have a couple in pots - they are about 20 years old, very healthy but less than a meter tall. I grew them from seed from the UK - maybe UK Monkey Puzzles are slower growing? Smiling I had a cutting grown Monkey Puzzle in the ground in California zone 8. It is now 50 years old but probably only 40 ft tall.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jan 18, 2021 5:37 PM CST
Mine is still in a 4" pot LOL. I actually need to find it out in the GH maybe it needs a step up
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Calif_Sue
Jan 18, 2021 9:58 PM CST

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BLS131 said:turned a bright reddish brown and looks healthy is it dead


It can't look healthy and be dead at the same time. nodding

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WOLVERHAMPTON
BLS131
Jan 19, 2021 4:04 AM CST
On further inspection all the leaves broke off, it is now out and in the compost, thank you for your comments RIP Monkey
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jan 19, 2021 7:39 AM CST
Awwww sad
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Jan 19, 2021 4:16 PM CST
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