When To Grow Eucalyptus In
Welcome to this post that will talk about the best times of the year when you can start growing eucalyptus. Thankfully this is a tree that grows both very fast and also very easily. It requires a small amount of work once it has gotten established. This mostly includes pruning it once at the end of the season.
It’s a hardy tree to have to grow in the garden but with this, in mind, there is still the best time of the year to start growing it. In this article, we will talk about exactly when that is. We will talk about what to look at, the soil it likes, and where to place it.
If you want to learn even more about growing eucalyptus and all the small details that are involved then you can read our comprehensive guide to it. You can find it right here, How To Grow A Eucalyptus Tree.
How To Grow Eucalyptus In Florida
Since Florida is a very humid place to grow in, we should not be watering the soil first just as much as we would in a drier climate or place. Here the high humidity helps retain the moisture a lot more. This is also important when sowing the seed for the eucalyptus. Overwatering and then sowing the seeds will drown them and then you have to start over again.
We often talk about the best time of the year to grow eucalyptus. Since Florida basically has a warm climate during the whole year then we don’t have to worry about timing it that much. We can just get started right away.
Just like most plants, we will prepare a small container for each seed. In these, there should be healthy soil that is not too compact. Normal flower soil does just fine or sowing soil if you already have some at home. Place the seed on the surface and cover it with a tiny amount of soil. Lightly tap it and then leave it in a sunny window. Now let the magic happen. After about 3 months you can transplant it outdoors.
Would you like to learn more about growing eucalyptus from cuttings? In this article right here we will be discussing just that. Find it here, How To Grow Eucalyptus From Cuttings?
How To Grow Eucalyptus In Texas
Growing eucalyptus in Texas is slightly different than doing it in Florida. Here the temperature is on average lower and they can get cold winters. So making the most of the season can be important. This is the reason why we recommend first sowing the seeds in spring. Around April to May will be a very good time to do it. At this point during the year, the ground should have warmed up enough.
Sow the seeds in a small container that has been watered through and leave it in a sunny window. One of the most important things when growing anything is the sun. We need this to get things going and growing. Aim to get about 10 hours of sun if you have it indoors. Outdoors however this amount goes down to just 6 – 8 hours of sun.
Let it grow in the container and transplant it outdoors after about a month or so. At this stage, the plant should have gotten large enough to handle the outside. Make sure you care for it until the fall comes around. That means to water it well when you see it starting to dry out.
How To Grow Eucalyptus In Arizona
Growing eucalyptus in Arizona will be similar to Texas. Here the temperature is very hot as well during certain times of the year. We, therefore, aim to have it sown during the spring so it will be ready for the summer to grow.
Since the temperature is very hot here during the summer we need to water the tree very well during the first year. In the second year, the tree will have had enough time to establish itself and become a part of your garden. Since the humidity is a bit higher in Arizona during some months we can actually hold back on the water.
Since eucalyptus is a tree that is native to Australia. Here it grows in very dry climates when the soil has basically no nutrition and water is scarce. Growing it here in Arizona with someone who cares and waters it will be like heaven for the eucalyptus tree.
How To Grow Eucalyptus In California
In California, it really doesn’t matter what time during the year you want to grow it. The average temperature here is so high that even though you think it might be too cold you can probably handle it. Of course, the tree is probably not optimal to grow in places that see a lot of snow. In California, it already grows to a great extent.
Growing it here might not even be needed to do in a small container. Here you can grow it on freeland if you choose. Having it in a small pot indoors is also one option. Of course, you will have to prune it quite heavily then. An impressive thing about eucalyptus is the fact it can grow almost 8 feet or 2 meters tall in just one season. That’s even if you grow it from seed the same year. It has explosive growth and fits in perfectly with the warm California weather.
Are you having trouble growing eucalyptus and you wonder if it’s really supposed to be hard to grow? In this article, we discuss the difficulty of growing the tree. Find it here, Is Eucalyptus Hard To Grow?
How To Grow Eucalyptus In Seattle
Growing eucalyptus in Seattle is a very easy thing to do in all honesty. We have already talked a lot about how simple and straightforward the tree is to get cultivated. The same guidelines apply here in Seattle as well. We want to start by growing the seedlings indoors in April or May to get a small head start to the season. This will get us going quickly and be able to harvest and cut some branches at the end of the summer.
Growing it indoors for the first month or two should be done in a sunny window. This will greatly help the small seedlings as they look for nutrition to continue growing. At the 2-month mark, you will definitely be able to start growing them outside. Pick a sunny spot and make a well in the ground. Place the seedling in there and then cover it with soil.
Let it be here and just grow on its own. You won’t have to do anything more than just water the soil when you see it drying out.
How To Grow Eucalyptus In Georgia
In Georgia, we have a perfect climate for growing eucalyptus. That statement might have little weight as the tree doesn’t have a lot of requirements for growing. The soil can basically be whichever, but ideally, soil with good drainage and made up of sand.
As for choosing the best time of the year to start growing eucalyptus then it really must be in April or May. You might think you should do it earlier but since the eucalyptus is so fast growing we can manage fine starting to grow it here. It will only take about a month or two for it to be able to be transplanted and grow outside.
The work you will have to put in after transplanting it will only be at the end of the season. If you want a healthy eucalyptus then you need to prune it pretty heavily. Even on a one-year tree, you should cut away almost 30 % of the tree to make it grow at a steady and good pace. We want a thick trunk on it and not just a tall and skinny tree.
If you decide to go down the route of growing eucalyptus, will it grow during the whole year? Find out in this article here, Does Eucalyptus Grow Year Round?