I have 2 Eucalyptus trees which I would like to plant. One is 10cm
(Pauciflora), the other is 70 cm (I know, rather tall allready,
Perriniana). Are there any things I should take care off while planting
those? We have rather fertile loam soil.
I'm also thinking of making a fence of plastic arround them to protect
them from cold wind when frost kicks in. I live in Belgium.
dig the hole 3X the diameter of the rootball but only as deep as
necessary (1X the depth of the rootball). Backfill with unamended
Make sure you do not plant the trees too deep. The current rootball
may include soil above the trunk flares. If necessary, remove soil
from the top of the rootball until flares are visible, then plant them
at or slightly above grade level. This is very important to get the
best results from your trees.
Staking may be needed for the taller tree, but do not wrap the staking
material around the trunk (just around the back side and back to the
stake). Otherwise, as the tree grows (expands in diameter) you get a
similar effect to putting your neck in a noose and hanging. Flat
webbing is better than string or wire (and a piece of garden hose with
wire inside it is no better than wire alone). Remove staking after
one year at the latest.
ISA Certified Arborist #TX-236
Watch out for root-bound plants. Eucalyptus got a bad name in
California for a while when people planted them from containers where
they had become root-bound. They never developed strong roots and
fell down a lot.
A plant that has been in the pot too long gets its roots wound around
and won't grow out properlt.
Here's a picture:
eucalyptus are especially prone to this as they are a fast growing
tree. When the roots con't spread properly after they are planted
they are prone to blowing down in a wind.
some info here:
Ah oke. I planted mine yesterday and I didn't notice a pattern like
this. The soil was pretty loose arround the roots when I took it out of
the pot. I even didn't see any roots. So, I may presume they are oke?
Thx for the replies
I bought them over the Internet and I think (I'm not sure) the guy kept
them in his garden and transplanted them in the pot. This guy is one of
few Eucalyptus breeders in my "area" (they come from the Netherlands) as
far as I know. They where maximum 2 days in the pots (for transport) and
they where packed very well. If it turns out that these trees are doomed
to die. I will try again in spring to breed them from seeds.
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