How to root eucalyptus tree cuttings

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How to root eucalyptus tree cuttings
The eucalyptus comes from Australia. (Rolibow/iStock/Getty Images)

Eucalyptus trees have glossy, green leaves and an aromatic fragrance. Originally from Australia, eucalyptus can grow throughout the UK. They grow quickly, with some growing up to 1.8 m (6 feet) a year and can grow up to 12 m (40 feet) tall. They are adaptable to a variety of soil conditions and are very drought tolerant. Eucalyptus trees can be propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings, though they do not root easily.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Eucalyptus cuttings
  • Sharp knife
  • Rooting hormone
  • Planting flat
  • Potting soil
  • Coarse sand

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove semi-hardwood stem tips around 10 cm (4 inches) long with healthy leaves in the spring or early summer. Ensure that the stems are kept damp by wrapping them in a moist paper towel.

  2. 2

    Remove the leaves from the bottom two-thirds of the stem using a sharp knife.

  3. 3

    Dust the cut end to be planted with rooting hormone. Tap off any excess from the stem.

  4. 4

    Fill a planting flat with a rooting mixture of equal amounts of coarse sand and potting soil. Water the soil to dampen the mixture.

  5. 5

    Insert half of each cutting into the rooting mixture. Tent the cuttings with a clear plastic bag. Place the cuttings in a warm, sunny area. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not wet.

  6. 6

    Watch for growth in four to 10 weeks. As the cuttings begin to form leaves, remove the plastic bag.

  7. 7

    Transplant the cuttings to individual gallon containers filled with potting soil once the cuttings become well rooted.

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