Eucalyptus Plant Care
Sunlight: 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.
Water: 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.
Humidity: 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.