Eucalyptus – Baby Blue

$4.95

classic florist eucalyptus

10 seeds minimum

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Product Description

Eucalyptus pulverulenta

This variety of eucalyptus is the florist’s favorite as the round leaves remain small as they mature.  Most grow this as an annual, but it is labels as a perennial is zones 8-10.  I will note that I have planted another variety of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus gunnii) in the ground several years ago in zone 7B, and it survived 2 winters and was alive at the time we moved.  ‘Baby Blue’ can reach 12-30 feet tall if left to grow without pruning, but it is very easy to prune back and keep at whatever height you desire.  If growing in a container, that will also limit the size of the tree if you would like to keep it smaller.  Please note these seeds are very small and come in a small vial to prevent them from being crushed during shipping.

As for starting Baby Blue seeds, I have seen conflicting information as to whether they need cold stratification in order to germinate.  I will be starting seeds myself this year for this variety and plan to sow them in my unheated greenhouse were temperatures will be at or below freezing on and off for at least 4 weeks.  If you do not have a greenhouse, I personally would place the seeds on a damp paper towel in a Ziploc bag (unzipped), and place it in the fridge for 4 weeks before sowing the seeds.  Make sure the paper towel is not too wet and doesn’t dry out during this 4 weeks of stratification.  See the “How to Grow Eucalyptus” tab for more information on sowing seeds and growing them.

Packet is 10 seeds minimum.

Germination

Start seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before your last average frost.  I have seen conflicting information about the requirement of cold stratification for the varieties I sell.  I personally would go ahead and do this: Place seeds on a damp paper towel in a Ziploc bag (left unzipped), and refrigerate for 4 weeks before sowing.  Make sure the paper towel is not too wet and doesn’t dry out during this time.  When sowing, do not cover seeds; lightly tamp seeds into soil as light is required for germination.  Eucalyptus seedlings don’t handle transplanting very well because of the long taproot they like to establish.  I personally would start the seeds in a biodegradable pot that you can plant with the seedling (peat pot, large peat pellets, CowPots, etc).  Bottom water to prevent displacing the seeds.  Keep moist but not soggy until germination.  If kept at 65-75° F, germination is in 14-21 days, but it could take longer for germination.  I started eucalyptus seeds in 2017, and those took 23 days to germinate.  One site I reviewed said up to 45 days, so be patient as these seeds are slow to germinate.  Provide plenty of light and air circulation around the seedlings to prevent dampening off.

Growing

Transplant outdoor 24″ apart in full sun, once night time temperatures remain consistently above 50° F.  If you started these in cell packs or trays, expect some transplant shock.  During this time, make sure to keep the plants watered well until you see some new growth emerging.  Once established, they are fairly low-maintenance plants.  They prefer 8-10 hours of sun each day in average to moderately fertile and slightly acidic soil that does not dry out.  If using in cut flower arrangements, harvest once the foliage is mature and the tips are no longer droopy.  Most places reference eucalyptus as a tender perennial for zones 9-11.  When I lived in zone 7B, I had the Silver Drop variety (Eucalyptus gunnii) planted in the ground for at least 2 winters, and it was still alive when we moved.  Most grow eucalyptus as an annual for its foliage.

Additional Information

Plant Type

Perennial

Perennial Zones

8, 9, 10

Season

Summer, Fall

Bloom Color

Foliage Plant

Plant Height

Tall (taller than 36")

Sun Requirements

Full Sun

Special Characteristics

Grows Well in Containers, Use for Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant

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