Updated: Dec 22, 2021
It's that time of year again... time to get your eucalyptus started. Eucalyptus takes a good long time to get established and in order to have a nice crop they need to be started early.
It is a little hard to find eucalyptus this year. It is in short supply. I happen to have had some saved away from last year and found someone who was selling a few packages as well.
If you do happen to get your hands on some and want a step by step guide to getting it started, here is a go to video.
Some keys to growing eucalyptus.
Use a good sterilized grow medium like promix. https://amzn.to/3E7r5Z2 in Canada or https://amzn.to/3slg4kH in the USA
Dampen your grow medium and press into tray with drainage holes. press down firm so medium isn't loose.
Gently place seeds onto of grow medium.
Sprinkle with sand, vermiculite or sifted grow medium. Only sprinkle as seeds need light to grow.
Place tray into a larger tray with no holes.
Bottom water tray or mist only
Place directly under grow lights as close to the light as possible with a dome cover on your seeds. These seedlings could also benefit from a heat mat https://amzn.to/3GVm3Rc in canada or https://amzn.to/3mgM4T9 in the USA
You will notice your seeds will start to germinate within a week. Once they do, remove the dome cover. The seeds need moisture and consistent water but you don't want to grow an algae farm.
Once your seedlings are 3-4 inches tall, transplant to larger containers.
West Coast Seeds is one of my favourite go to companies for seeds. They are the #1 company for Non GMO and untreated seeds in Canada... plus they have super cute packaging and a fantastic company.