New! Lemon-scented foliage.
Medium green, 2–7," sword-shaped leaves that produce a strong citronella fragrance. Leaf and stem tips turn a lovely red color in late summer/fall. Less durable foliage than standard eucalyptus. Ht. 24-36". Avg. 5,700 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.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well-drained fertile soil.
PLANT SPACING: 12-24".
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