How to Care for Eucalyptus Plants

Written by emilio alvarez
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To provide adequate care for your eucalyptus plant, you must first decide whether you intend to keep it in a pot permanently, or on the ground. If it is to go on the ground, plant it when it is small and healthy; otherwise, if it has been root-bound before, you run the risk of stunting its growth. The climate conditions for your plant (pot or ground) should be suitable for the eucalyptus species you have chosen. The majority of species thrive in cool to warm weather but demand sunlight as in their native Australia.

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    Eucalyptus in a pot

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    Make sure the size of the pot is big enough for your eucalyptus plant. General guidelines are: For plants from 6 to 10 inches tall, use a 4-inch pot; for plants 12 to 16 inches tall, use a 1-gallon pot; for plants below 2 feet tall, use a 2-gallon pot.

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    Water your eucalyptus plant as necessary to keep the soil moist. This is crucial during the first stages of growth.

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    Place the pot where it will receive bright, direct light from the sun. The plant should look vigorous and healthy.

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    Keep your plant in a cool greenhouse condition during winter and fall. Move the pot to a bright, sunny location outside during early spring and summer. Water regularly during summer and minimise frequency during winter.

    Eucalyptus on the ground

  1. 1

    Make sure your eucalyptus plant is suitable for the site and climate you have chosen. Some eucalyptus species are more drought-resistant than others, and some will grow more vigorously under certain conditions.

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    Make sure the area where your eucalyptus is planted allows enough space and sunlight for it to grow adequately. Ideally, your plant should be about 10 to 14 inches tall.

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    Mulch the ground around your eucalyptus plant if the climate makes the soil susceptible to drying up, freezing, or becoming infested with undesirable weeds. This will keep the soil moist as well, which is vital.

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    If your plant is staked, remove the stake. It hinders growth.

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    Put a wire fence around your plant if it runs the risk of being damaged by animals in the area.

Tips and warnings

  • - Staking can be harmful to your eucalyptus. It will eventually be much stronger if you allow it to sway and resist the wind on its own.
  • - Eucalyptus plants generally can be planted out during any time of the year. However, if your weather conditions are extreme, opt for springtime.
  • Once you have planted your eucalyptus plant on the ground, do not transplant it. Eucalyptus roots, while they are young, are far more sensitive to damage than other trees.

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