How to Root Eucalyptus Tree Cuttings

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Things You'll Need

  • Eucalyptus cuttings

  • Sharp knife

  • Rooting hormone

  • Planting flat

  • Potting soil

  • Coarse sand

Eucalyptus trees have glossy, green leaves and an aromatic fragrance. Originally from Australia, eucalyptus grow best in hardiness zones 7 through 11. They grow quickly, with some growing up to 6 feet a year and can grow up to 40 feet tall. They are adaptable to a variety of soil conditions and are very drought tolerant. Eucalyptus trees can be propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings, though they do not root easily.


Step 1

Remove semi-hardwood stem tips around 10cm long with healthy leaves in the spring or early summer. Ensure that the stems are kept damp by wrapping them in a moist paper towel.

Step 2

Remove the leaves from the bottom two-thirds of the stem using a sharp knife.

Step 3

Dust the cut end to be planted with rooting hormone. Tap off any excess from the stem.

Step 4

Fill a planting flat with a rooting mixture of equal amounts of coarse sand and potting soil. Water the soil to dampen the mixture.


Step 5

Insert half of each cutting into the rooting mixture. Tent the cuttings with a clear plastic bag. Place the cuttings in a warm, sunny area. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not wet.

Step 6

Watch for growth in four to 10 weeks. As the cuttings begin to form leaves, remove the plastic bag.

Step 7

Transplant the cuttings to individual gallon containers filled with potting soil once the cuttings become well rooted.



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