The Eucalyptus is not an unfamiliar word for most of us. We often here it associate with the themes of calming and soothing scent. Perhaps, what most of us only know about Eucalyptus is that it is a plant and it is used as a scent aroma. But, there is so much more to learn about this plant. Do you know that you can actually grow your own Eucalyptus plant? Yes. So, read along to learn more trivia and how to grow eucalyptus plant.
Eucalyptus plant belongs to the plantae family of Myrtaceae. There are over 700 species of Eucalyptus that are mostly natives of Australia. Their leaves are evergreen and are covered with fragrant oil glands that is why the leaves look glossy most of the time. The leaves hang vertically or mostly obliquely. They are leathery to feel when touched. The eucalyptus plant develops flowers as well and in fact it is because of these flowers that the name eucalyptus was derived. Eucalyptus came from the Greek work “eucalyptos” which means well-covered, because the flowers, especially the bud, are enclosed in a cup-like membrane and so they seem very well-covered. Different species of eucalyptus have a variety of growth height. The small ones can grow up to 33 feet high while the maximum height of the eucalyptus plant is 200 feet high.
The eucalyptus attracts attention among environmentalists because of its unique characteristics and functions. The eucalyptus plants, especially the oil they produce, are proven to be sources of natural insecticide and medical solutions like disinfectant. The most used part of the plant is the leaves because of its oil glands. Since the oil glands are proven to be fragrant and calming, chemists found a way to maximize its function by using it is an ingredient for aroma in scented candles, soaps, body wash, car fresheners, and the like. Other than for business purposes, eucalyptus can also be used at home as a natural freshener. You can even grow your own eucalyptus plant in your backyard. Here’s a few tips.
The eucalyptus plant is considered a fast-growing plant. Before you begin your planting make sure that you know what species you are planting because studies show that some of the species of eucalyptus like E. coccifera, E. vernicosa, E. parviflora, E. archeri, E. nicholii, and E. crenulata respond well when planted in containers while others prefer to be planted outdoors.
Before planting the seed in the soil, water the ground well but not saturated, and then once you have planted the seed water it again. Always check the temperature because below 50 degrees F temperature is not healthy for the eucalyptus plant. After all eucalyptus plant is a low maintenance plant and only requires moderate watering and its own natural oils act as insect deterrent, though you’ll want to monitor for pests too.