The Q&A Archives: Propogate Eucalyptus

Question: I have a Eucalyptus tree (small one, all bent over) and a friend wants to grow one. Our HD doesn't carry them, or seeds (I work there - garden cashier)My tree has never flowered in the 2 1/2 yrs since purchased the house. any help? East Texas

Answer: I'm afraid eucalyptus is most successfully propagated by seed. Cuttings just won't root well, even under greenhouse conditions. However, I wonder if you can propagate through a method called layering since your eucalyptus is "bent over". Layering is simple and if you can coax a branch to lay down on the ground, you might be successful. Here's the process: find a lower branch or stem that is pliable enough to bend down and lay along the ground. Carefully make a notch or slit in the stem on the underside then lay the stem along the soil and anchor it down. Cover over the top of the stem that you just notched or slit with soil. Allow the tip of the stem or branch to remain above ground. Water your eucalyptus as you usually do, making sure the little mound of soil gets wet, too. It should develop roots where the notch or slit was made. It will take several months but you can check for rooting this fall. Hope it works for you.

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