Eucalyptus Plant Care
Eucalyptus plants prefer areas that receive 8 to 10 hours of full bright sun. If your eucalyptus is indoors, place it near a south-facing window so that it gets plenty of sunlight. If your eucalyptus is in your garden, be sure the soil drains very well. Likewise, if you're planting eucalyptus in a pot, use high-quality potting soil and a pot that has drainage holes to let out excess water.
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Water eucalyptus plant regularly. Eucalyptus plants are only partially drought-tolerant once their roots are established. Water regularly to prevent their leaves from drooping and falling off. If your Eucalyptus is outdoors, place a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture.
They like any environment. Average household humidity will do just fine
Fertilizer: Fertilize your houseplants! Outdoor eucalyptus rarely needs fertilizer, but your indoor eucalyptus can benefit from liquid fertilizer every few weeks during the spring.
Upkeep: Prune eucalyptus plants as you see fit. The best way to keep that growth in check, and keep the plant healthy, is to regularly prune and shape it.
Eucalyptus Plant Information
Eucalyptus is a member of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. The majority of eucalyptus species come from Australia, while a few other species are native to Philippines and Malaysia.
Eucalyptus has always been used for decoration, woodworking, and very popular for medicines. It is known for its menthol-like fragrance, which comes from essential oils that are present in all parts of the plant.
Most species of this plant lose their leaves in the cold or dry seasons.
Eucalyptus Plant Uses
Most people will recognize the scent of eucalyptus, but many don’t realize that this evergreen tree also has a wide variety of uses. Humans and Koala bears tend to use this plant most often, and in different ways.
Eucalyptus oils and essential extracts are commonly found in over-the-counter drugs, and other forms of medicines. Concentrated eucalyptus oil can be toxic when consumed, so please keep it away from pets and children.
Using Eucalyptus in the Shower
Hanging eucalyptus in the shower allows you to breathe in the deep, minty aroma as it mixes with the steam. It is a distinct scent that releases your stress and helps you wind down.
It is common that people elevate their shower experience by hanging a bundle of eucalyptus stems from their shower head. Eucalyptus has shown to help with upper respiratory issues, which is why Eucalyptus essential oil is often an active ingredient in over-the-counter chest rubs and used with humidifiers.
Hanging eucalyptus in the shower allows the steam the release essential oils in the eucalyptus plant, which can aid in relieving congestion and inflammation related to sinus and bronchial infections.
Common Issues With Eucalyptus Plants
Eucalyptus tree remain relatively healthy when in their preferred environment, which admittedly is hard to replicate in Canada. In suboptimal conditions they can start to show certain issues. If caught early, there is no worry.
Leaves turning brown on a eucalyptus plant is usually a sign of too little moisture in the soil. Eucalyptus plants enjoy a lot of water, and a lot of sun.
Brown leaves is likely the issue if your leaves are curling or dropping. In this case, supply your plant with more water, and keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Is a Eucalyptus Plant Safe for Cats?
Eucalyptus plants are not pet friendly. Most pets will start to nibble and experience mouth irritation and stop. This is the same for eucalyptus plants and dogs as well. If your pet continues to eat the plant they will feel nauseous and possibly start to vomit.
We recommend that all plants be kept away from pets and children. Other than eating plants, kids and pets can knock them over, so please keep them high up, and away from issues.
Where To Buy Eucalyptus Plants?
At Gold Leaf Botanicals of course! These plants are seasonal and rare, but we have access to them at certain times, usually August and September. Please send us a message or contact us to buy eucalyptus
Frequently Asked Questions About Eucalyptus
Is eucalyptus a good indoor plant?
Eucalyptus plants can be brought indoors and enjoyed as houseplants, however they can be tricky to grow indoors because they require many hours of direct light and water. Don't be discouraged if your Eucalyptus does not survive, as this is a very common issue.
Can you grow eucalyptus in Canada?
You can grow Eucalyptus in Canada from August to November, however they require lots of light, and in the fall the Canadian sun is not powerful enough to make them thrive.
Is eucalyptus poisonous to touch?
Eucalyptus is not poisonous to touch, but they do have concentrated oils in their leaves that some people find sensitivities to. This is the same for Eucalyptus oils - letting them touch their skin in their strongest form can irritate skin.
How does eucalyptus smell?
Eucalyptus has a specific camphoraceous smell, which smells almost medicinal, much like rosemary. It's a scent that has hints of citrus, mint, and also honey. Some people equate it to walking through a pine forest.
Does eucalyptus purify the air?
Yes, Eucalyptus plants are great air purifiers, and are known for their medicinal properties and fragrant smells
Where should eucalyptus be placed in the house?
The plants themselves should be placed in an area that receives the brightest light and the longest light. Try to get at least 10 hours of light every day for a healthy plant.
Can eucalyptus plants survive winter?
Eucalyptus plants cannot withstand temperatures below -13°C. At those temperatures more than 50 percent of the plants' cells will be irreparably damaged and would almost certainly kill the plant.
How toxic is eucalyptus for dogs?
Eucalyptus plants are toxic to dogs, so they should be kept out of reach. If your pet ingests eucalyptus leaves it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness.
Can I grow eucalyptus in my backyard?
You can grow eucalyptus plants in your backyard, so be sure to choose a spot that receives 8 to 10 hours of full sun every day. If your eucalyptus plant is indoors place it in a south-facing window so it gets plenty of sunlight.
What are the benefits of smelling eucalyptus?
The scent of eucalyptus oil stimulates the senses in an invigorating way. It also helps refresh and energize the body while giving a calming, soothing effect on the mind. It has been used to reduce stress and mood disorders.
Do bugs like the smell of eucalyptus?
The scent of Eucalyptus impedes many insects' sense of smell, which drives them away from the area. This is helpful to deter mosquitoes, as eucalyptus has similar effects as citronella.
Why can't I smell my eucalyptus in the shower?
Eucalyptus needs moisture to give off its beautiful scent, but it doesn't like to be doused in water frequently. Frequent contact with water will make your eucalyptus bundle lose its scent more quickly.
How can I make my house smell good with eucalyptus?
For a room freshener that smells amazing and kills bacteria, mix 10 to 15 drops of eucalyptus oil with half a teaspoon of vodka and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Regularly mist your home to remove any odours and germs.
Is eucalyptus plant good for bedroom?
Eucalyptus plants have been known to calm and relax, making them a perfect addition to any bedroom. A few branches of eucalyptus or a large plant will help calm you before sleeping.