Andean fir - location, care and reproduction of this extraordinary wood

Andean fir - location, care and reproduction of this extraordinary wood

Which location does the Andean fir prefer?

Araucarias prefer a sunny, warm and sheltered location. The ideal soil is slightly acidic, moist, lean and has a high proportion of sand. When planting, make sure that the tree does not have to be replanted later.

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Can the Andean fir also be grown in a bucket?

Yes, araucarias can also be cultivated very well in pots. However, you should also make sure that the tree should not be repotted later - therefore choose a large bucket when you plant it.

How high is the water requirement of the Andean fir?

The Andean fir needs constant moisture in order to feel good. At the same time, however, it does not tolerate waterlogging.

When and with what should the Andean fir be fertilized?

Araucarias that have been planted out do not usually need fertilization, potted plants should be supplied with a liquid, organic complete fertilizer about every two to three weeks.

Can you cut the Andean fir?

Araucarias should not be cut, as they will not sprout again at the cut area. Should a cut be necessary, it is best to cut back directly on the trunk. Stumps shouldn't be left behind.

How can the Andean fir be propagated?

Araucarias can be propagated very well using seeds. Please note that this is a cold germ whose seeds should first be stratified.

Is the Andean fir susceptible to certain pests and diseases?

The Andean fir is very robust, but quite sensitive to waterlogging. This can cause a fungal infection, which usually always leads to the death of the tree. In winter frosts and winter sun, the tree dries up very quickly because it can no longer absorb water.

What to do when the Andean fir turns brown

If the araucaria turns brown, this is usually a sign of drought - especially in winter.

Is the Andean fir hardy?

The rustic tree is not hardy and should therefore only be cultivated in pots in cold regions. However, if the location is right, the araucaria can also be planted out.


When planting, make sure that the tree, which can be up to 15 meters high, has sufficient space both in height and in width and is as far away from walls, roofs and other plants as possible.

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