What is the plant
If you’re looking for something different to grow as a houseplant or an outdoor container plant, consider the monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana). It is an unusual, slow growing coniferous tree.
The monkey puzzle tree has shiny, tough foliage with spiky, sharp tips that grow upward in whorls. With an open and airy habit, large cones appear on both male and female specimens. This plant is large, unusual and sometimes described as frightening. Other descriptions of the monkey puzzle plants include grotesque, out of this world and beautiful. Monkey puzzle grows outside in USDA zones 7b through 11, but for those in other areas, an alternative is learning how to grow monkey puzzle houseplant. Related to the more familiar Norfolk Island pine that grows well in containers and is often used as a Christmas tree, growing monkey puzzles in containers is similar to caring for this tree. Both are slow growers and benefit from keeping soils moist, but never soggy.
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