Growing Eucalyptus from seed

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March 13, 2021

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In this blog I will teach you how you can grow your own Eucalyptus. Success guaranteed! lets go!

Recently we see eucalyptus mainly at the florist. The beautiful gray-green leaves fit perfectly into today’s bouquets. The branches give a nice airy effect and are perfect as a cut foliage. In addition, most varieties also smell wonderfully fresh. A certain must have for your (picking) garden.

Eucalyptus is best sown indoors in the spring or summer. When you discover this gem in the fall, you can also sow it outside in the fall, but I’m not a big fan of this myself. I sow the seeds in small trays indoors on a seed starter soil that is hardly moist. The ideal germination temperature for Eucalyptus is 21 ° C. Do not cover the seeds because the seed needs light to germinate. Germination usually takes around 14 days, but this can also take longer. If germination has not yet taken place after 4-6 weeks, it can help to put the seeds with the container in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks. then return them to the heat to germinate. This often gives them an extra boost to start.

Transplant seedlings when they have 3 to 4 true leaves to a 20 cm pot. The plants do not like root disturbance. It is important that the seedlings are in good bright light as they originate from always sunny Australia. Plant seedlings in mid-summer to their permanent position or in large pots.

The varieties that I sow and offer myself can withstand our mild winters. Extremely severe frost can be a problem for the young plants. You can better protect this with a non-woven cloth or bubble wrap.

Normally Eucalyptus is a tree. The green branches at the florist are often young shoots of a tree. If you want to use the plant for cut foliage, or prefer not to let it become too large a tree, you can prune it back thoroughly. This will only make the plant more beautiful side branches without having a giant tree in the garden in a few years.

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