Eucalyptus plants are very easy to care for. They're a very strong and hardy plant with loads of benefits. It's hard to find much information online about caring for them. So I figured I should share some of the knowledge I've gained caring for my own indoor eucalyptus plant, so here are my tips and tricks.
I'd like to start out by saying, it was hard for me to find a eucalyptus plant here in the states. But because of all the health benefits of the plant, I really wanted one! I checked local and online plant stores, I couldn't find anything on Etsy (which is where I'd usually go for my hard to find plants) and I really couldn't find much of anything on Amazon either. After searching and searching I was finally able to find one.
One Saturday my boyfriend and I had walked to our local food co-op there it was! Tucked away in their little greenhouse they had two eucalyptus plants. We took one and the other was gone soon after. The plant was tiny, and it was pretty much just two sprigs of eucalyptus in some soil. But let me tell you, it grew fast! And now it's part of our little plant family.
What is a Eucalyptus plant?
The eucalyptus plant is an evergreen native to Australia. There are many different species of eucalyptus; many are usually trees, but there are some types of shrubs that can be kept as house plants. Eucalyptus Trees can grow anywhere between 30-200 ft tall. These are the same trees that Koala Bears like to call home.
Eucalyptus Plant Benefits
Eucalyptus has a distinct, menthol-like fragrance and is a popular herb for home remedies. Eucalyptus oil is very good for stuffy noses and helping you to breathe more easily. When I'm sick I like to put a few drops of eucalyptus oil into my essential oil diffuser by my bedside. Also, If you have fresh cut eucalyptus you can hang it in you're shower and the steam will help release the eucalyptus oils into the air. Both of these have always helped me immensely in recovering from colds.
Now let's move on to plant care:
Potting & Planting
When potting your Eucalyptus Plant you'll want to use a big pot that has plenty of space for your plant's roots to grow into. These plants grow fast!
Once you have the perfect pot it's really not hard to find the perfect soil, Eucalyptus plants really aren't picky. I used basic potting soil for mine and it seems to have taken to that very well.
I water my eucalyptus plant once a week in the winter and twice a week in the summer. It's technically a tree/shrub so it usually soaks the water right up. I let the plant dry out between waterings, just to make sure it's not getting too much.
If you're not sure if your plant needs water, then stick your finger into the soil about an inch. If it feels dry give it some more water. I have not yet had a problem with overwatering this plant. It always seems to want more!
Eucalyptus plants love and need all the sun you can give them. In the summer I like to put my plant outside so it can soak up as much sun as possible. You need to remember, this plant is from Australia, so it needs warmth and full sun.
Trimming & Harvesting
When your eucalyptus starts to grow you'll want to trim it back. This will allow you to manage the size of it, helping to keep the plant smaller for longer. Since Eucalyptus plants usually grow into trees and bushes, the longer it stays small, the longer you'll have it as a house plant. We don't want our babies to grow up too fast.
When trimming the plant you want to cut off the "branches" that are coming off from the main stem. Don't worry it's really not too complicated and the plant is very hardy and strong. Once harvested you can dry the leaves for decoration, put them in a vase of water, or like I said earlier, you can hang them in the shower for their calming and relaxing scent.
And with that information, you should have all the knowledge you need to grow your very own Eucalyptus Plant. So roll up your sleeves and let's get planting!