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05/08/2013 at 09:29

Hi all,

Yesterday I bought a monkey puzzle tree for my husband (he loves them, hoping i can get him into gardening). Now I am starting to worry my garden is too small for it. (14ft x 100ft) The garden is above street level about 2ft so worried about the wall. How much damage the roots will casue.

Do they do well in pots, thinking I could have it in a container for a few years until I win the lottery and move to a stately home to give it proper space to grow

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


05/08/2013 at 09:51

your garden will be too small for it in the future.  you can grow anything in a pot if it's big enough and you supply what the plants needs, water & nutrients.

Over the years I've seen many small gardens completely filled with a monkey puzzle tree. Almost as many as those with a large magnolia.

I'd take it back and get something suitable for your garden. When you win the lottery and have your stately home you can get one of those big mature ones.

05/08/2013 at 21:10

Oh dear I was afraid this was the answer I would get  Oh well Euromillions tomorrow! fingers crossed!

05/08/2013 at 21:22

Nut's absolutely right (she almost always is - can't think of when she isn't).  

My OH wasn't at all interested in gardening when I got him, but he's getting quite good now - I even left him in charge of the tomatoes for a coupe of days while I went away the other weekend. 

I started off by buying him black plants, which he thought were fascinating - we then progressed to succulents - he has shallow pots with sempervivums in them outside his studio window.  Now he's getting interested in the insects that visit the fennel and the lovage nearby .... it's working .... I'm turning him into quite a useful Undergardener 

Good luck!

05/08/2013 at 21:25

I wonder if you can do the bonsai thing with monkey puzzles. 

05/08/2013 at 21:35

There's references to be found by googling Nut, but I'm not convinced.


05/08/2013 at 21:36

Hi dove, I have only recently got into gardening, hubby not interested at all, occasionally will mow the lawn but often insists its 'fine' when it clearly needs a good hair cut! He is good for the heavy lifting and he is in charge of the bird feeders which he quite enjoys, he has even named a few of them. Glad to hear they can be trained!

I take it the bonsai thing is to pop it in a pot and because the roots are restricted it won't grow very big? If so I think i will do that, he was so chuffed when I came back with it for him, would hate to take it back, can't be bother with the fuss either tbh!


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