New! Fragrant, willow-like foliage.
Vigorous, upright plants produce strong stems of delicate, feathery leaves. 2–4″ long, slender leaves in shades of green and gray. Some variation in leaf color and size. Also known as gum, and euc. Tender perennial in Zones 9–11. Ht. 24–36″. Avg. 37,800 seeds/oz. Packet: 25 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:14-21 days at 65-75°F (18-24°C).
SOWING:Transplant (recommended): Sow seed into cell trays or open flats 10-12 weeks before last frost. Cover seeds lightly with fine vermiculite. Bottom water or mist to avoid covering seed with displaced soil. If started in open flats, transplant to cell packs or 3-4″ containers when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Black plastic mulch is recommended in areas with short growing seasons. Eucalyptus may be grown as a perennial in areas that receive no frost.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Well-drained fertile soil.
HARDINESS ZONES:Zones 9-11.
HARVEST:Fresh: Harvest anytime after leaves start to feel leathery. Easily preserved with glycerin.
USES:Excellent cut or dried flower foliage. Accent in beds. Excellent container plants.
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Eucalyptus spp.
ALTERNATE NAMES:Cider gum, gum, euc