How to Plant Eucalyptus Trees

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Eucalyptus trees will entertain you with the most unusual flower show when seeding. They are not hard trees to grow, but selection should be done with care. These trees do not like their roots crammed together, so the smaller trees can ensure a better root ball. You can start the tree from seed or a young tree from the nursery. You can also keep the tree in a pot indoors or plant it outside where it becomes a relatively large tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Eucalyptus tree
  • Shovel
  • Garden hose
  • Mulch
  • Choose your eucalyptus tree from the nursery. Make sure the tree has not become root bound in its pot and that it looks healthy. Smaller trees are better in this case, because you know their roots have not used up all the space in the pot yet. Select a tree that is between a foot and a foot and a half tall.

  • Purchase the tree at the right time of year. Eucalyptus trees need to be planted right away when you bring them home from the nursery. If eucalyptus is native to your area, then planting any time of year is normally acceptable. However, if you live in an area that has very hot and dry summers, planting in fall or at the start of the rainy season would be best. For cold winter areas, plant in the early spring so it has a chance to extend roots before winter sets in.

  • Water the tree well before planting and choose a sunny area. Then, dig a hole larger than the pot you purchased it in and one to two inches deeper. Break up any soil that is clumped, and rake out all weeds and stones.

  • Take the tree out of the pot and separate the roots without breaking very many. This is essential if the pot is full of roots.

  • Place the tree in the hole and work the roots so they point out away from the center. Take care not to break the roots off. Water the tree and fill in the dirt as you water. This will seal the dirt around the tree and keep air pockets out, preventing root disease.

  • Cover the new soil with mulch to hold in the water and keep weeds away. Do not spike the tree, as it will cause the trunk to grow weak. The tree should be able to stand on its own.

  • Keep the soil moist until the tree is well established. Once the tree is established, it will tolerate some drought, but don't allow the soil to be totally dry until the tree is several feet tall.

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