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Fertile, well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH.
Varies with species. Some are frost tender but others are very hardy.
None generally needed when eucalyptus plants are grown in the ground. Feed container-grown plants monthly with a balanced liquid plant food.
Single Plants: 9' 10" (3.00m) each way (minimum)
Rows: 9' 10" (3.00m) with 9' 10" (3.00m) row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Start eucalyptus seeds indoors in spring, on the same schedule as tomatoes. Grow seedlings under bright lights, and transplant to beds or containers after the last frost as passed. If you live in a frost-free area and plan to grow an actual eucalyptus tree, save growing time by setting out a purchased plant in winter or spring. Container-grown plants can be transplanted until early summer but may shed some leaves if set out under stressful conditions. Water young plants during droughts their first season after planting. Once established, eucalyptus requires little supplemental water. In home landscapes, eucalyptus is typically grown as a specimen tree that is kept pruned to less than 20 feet (6 m) tall and wide. In containers, use one plant per 14-inch (35 cm) pot. Eucalyptus grows so quickly from seed that plants can be grown as warm-season annuals.
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Native to Australia, eucalyptus is grown primarily for its distinctively fragrant blue-gray foliage. In the wild, most species grow into large trees, but plants can be kept much smaller through pruning. Tender species can be started from seed in spring and grown as a warm-season annual. Plants in containers can be overwintered indoors where winters are brief and mild. Planting eucalyptus in California is discouraged because the trees were overplanted in the past, outcompeting native trees in some areas. They may be more flammable than other trees and shrubs, so it is wise to locate plants away from buildings in fire-prone areas.
Gather stems or individual leaves for cut arrangements or for drying in late summer, after they have been exposed to plenty of hot sun.
Few pests or animals bother these aromatic plants. All plant parts are highly poisonous to pets and people. Should you overwinter a eucalyptus plant indoors, keep it out of reach of curious pets.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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Pests which Affect Eucalyptus