Tree of the Myrtaceae family, Eucalyptus is very popular for its green foliage and its many therapeutic properties. Native to the Australian continent, this sometimes gigantic tree comes in many species, most of which are suited to outdoor cultivation, although some smaller varieties can be grown in containers. Hardy enough, eucalyptus is also a generally undemanding tree.

When grown on its home continent, eucalyptus is a tree of which the size often reaches several feet in height by maturity. However, in colder regions where growing conditions are often quite different, eucalyptus rarely exceeds 160 feet in height when grown in-ground. Ideal for gardens, this tree with scented leaves can be grown in pots, provided that the varieties with smaller bearings are selected. When choosing your sapling in a nursery, be sure to select a strong and hardy species that does not fear the cold or inclement weather. That way, you can enjoy your tree for longer without having to worry about its longevity when exposed to harsh weather and winters.

Eucalyptus’ growing requirements

To grow, eucalyptus needs rich and fresh soil that has adequate drainage. Indeed, for a successful growth, it is very important to avoid excessive moisture in order to prevent the roots from rotting. In terms of exposure, priority should be given to a sunny location, taking special care to protect your young tree from the wind. To plant your eucalyptus, dig a deep hole and set the plant in after airing out the soil. For better recovery of the plant, it is also advisable to amend and enrich the soil by using, for example, a little compost. After planting, remember to pack the ground and water your young tree to favour better adhesion of the roots to the ground, and to avoid the formation of air pockets.

Maintaining your eucalyptus

Given that eucalyptus is a tree that is particularly demanding in water, it should be watered frequently during spring and summer, that is to say, during its period of vegetative growth. Similarly, it will be possible during this period to regularly enrich the land with organic fertilizer to ensure healthy plants. After fall, potted eucalyptus can be protected from the cold by being overwintered in a warm room. Unfortunately, ground-grown species will hardly be transportable, which means they must therefore be protected with mulch.

If weather conditions are mild, you usually will have nothing to fear in regard to your tree’s survival. Always make sure that your eucalyptus remains well-protected from violent winds. After the complete disappearance of frost, your plants can finally breathe again, and the branches that were too severely damaged during dormancy can be pruned. Regularly maintained, eucalyptus trees generally do not fear diseases, which is a considerable asset for a prolonged growth.

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Published in Exotic trees by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011