A brand new find!
Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Eucalyptus parvifolia ‘Boxwood’ benefit from chilling for 1-2 months prior to sowing.
Rather than sowing in Autumn, wait until late winter when seeds have experienced a good period of cold stratification and the light levels have returned.
Eucalyptus Boxwood has dark green foliage with that tell tale grey tinge and of course that great Eucalyptus scent released when you brush the leaves.
This variety came through the winter better than any other Eucalyptus variety I have grown before, happily overwintering in a cold greenhouse during 2022 while temperatures plunged to -9°C for weeks on end.
An ideal filler, superb quality cut foliage, It is quite simply the best variety to grow for floral design and a new favourite.
How to grow:
For best results, store seeds in the fridge until you are ready to sow mid February onwards.
Sow either in modules or in an open seed tray (prick out seedlings once big enough to handle easily).
Germination can be erratic, some seedlings will appear fairly quickly while others could take many weeks to germinate. Start seeds indoors, not too hot, about 20°C is ideal and do not cover seeds, they need light to germinate.
Seeds can then be gently acclimatised to a cold greenhouse to grow on.
Essentially a tree, Eucalyptus ‘Boxwood’ can be pruned into a shrub by removing the main growing stem, giving lots of smaller branches or kept taller for beautiful screening.
Preferring an acid or neutral soil, I grow mine in containers. This also enables me to move plants to a sheltered winter location, as well as decorating my patio for the rest of the year.
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Variety: Eucalyptus parvifolia
Position: Full sun
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 20
Cutting /Vase Life:
Foliage is at its best during Summer and Autumn. Astonishing vase life also Lasts well out of water. Pick stems and place straight into buckets of water leaving to rest preferably overnight. This is called conditioning.