Eucalyptus ‘Silverdrop’


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Eucalyptus ‘Silverdrop’

Eucalyptus gunnii

Quite simply the best variety to grow for floral design.

Essentially a tree, Eucalyptus ‘Silverdrop’ can be pruned into a shrub by removing the main growing stem, giving lots of smaller branches or kept taller for beautiful screening.

Hardy in all but the harshest winters and preferring an acid or neutral soil.

I grow in pots, this also enables me to move plants to a sheltered winter location, as well as decorating my patio for the rest of the year.

How to Grow:

Store seeds in the fridge until you are ready to sow. It is important that seeds are fresh.

Late Winter / early Spring is the perfect time to start seeds. The fluctuating temperatures of a cold greenhouse will create ideal conditions for germination.

Germination can be erratic, some seedlings will appear fairly quickly while others could take months to germinate. A heat mat/warmer location can help in persistently cold conditions (21°C is ideal).

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Variety:  Eucalyptus ‘Silverdrop’
Type: Perennial
Position: Full sun
Sow: Spring
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 20

Cutting /Vase Life:

Wait until the tips mature to avoid wilting. Eucalyptus is generally at its best late summer into autumn and winter. Lasts well out of water. Astonishing vase life and may also be dried for extended use.  Pick stems and place straight into buckets of water leaving to rest preferably overnight. This is called conditioning.