How to Care for Eucalyptus House Plants

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Eucalyptus plants, also known as gum trees, are fast-growing trees that can reach heights of over 400 feet in ideal conditions. The trees thrive in humid climates where they receive plenty of sunlight, such as their native Australia. Eucalyptus plants can survive indoors as well in other regions. With proper care, the eucalyptus trees can be kept healthy and small enough to be indoor house plants.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 10-gallon planter
  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Pruning shears

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    Plant eucalyptus in pots that give them some room to grow. A 10-gallon planter provides the trees with room enough to develop substantial roots and also creates a sturdy base so that the trees do not topple over as they grow larger. Repot nursery-grown eucalyptus into a larger planter and add potting soil mixed with compost around the root ball.

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    Place the eucalyptus tree in a location in your home that gets at least six hours of sunlight per day. Ideally, the plant gets eight hours of sun, which is considered full sun, but eucalyptus also survives on partial sunlight.

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    Water the eucalyptus plant to keep the soil moist at all times during the late spring through early fall. Depending upon the size of the planter and the amount of water you add with each watering, a daily watering may be necessary, but you may be able to get away with watering every few days. To determine when to water the plant, watch for the plant's soil to start to dry out at the top after each watering, and then water again. During the dormant winter season, the plant may only need watering once a week or less.

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    Pruning once each season, when the plant is dormant in winter, to maintain the eucalyptus plant's size. When pruning, cut all of the branches back to the length that you desire with pruning shears. Eucalyptus is sturdy enough to handle severe pruning, so don't worry about removing too much. Just cut down to the size that is best for the plant's location.

Tips and warnings

  • Foliage can have a strong odour.

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