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Many things are possible with Eucalyptus. From amazing giants planted out in forests and parks, to potted plants outdoors or indoors. Cold hardy varieties can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10 to 7, so it is all about good species choice, good seed choice, and good plant choice.


Eucalyptus Bonsai: a rewarding way to grow Australian trees indoors / Bonsai de eucalipto: un método satisfactorio de cultivo de árboles australianos en interior / Gustavo Iglesias Trabado / GIT Forestry Consulting, Consultoría y Servicios de Ingeniería Agroforestal, Lugo, Galicia, España, Spain / Eucalyptologics: Information Resources on Eucalyptus Cultivation Worldwide / Eucaliptologics: Recursos de Informacion sobre el Cultivo del Eucalipto en el MundoEucalyptus Bonsai. (Click image to enlarge)

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Once those three initial conditions are reasonably satisfied, the only other three things needed are patience, time, and know how. Patience to observe each individual specimen, work out its natural branch architecture and look ahead towards a desired shape. Time to take care of the plants properly, especially for appropriate supplies of light, water and nutrients. And know how to use physiologic and biologic processes in Eucalyptus nursery stock to your advantage by applying the suitable horticultural care and pruning techniques at suitable time.



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3 Comments by our readers :::

Thomas said...

Is Eucalyptus pauciflora also suitable as a bonsai?

Gus - GIT Forestry said...

Hello Thomas :-)

Compared to other eucalypt options, Eucalyptus pauciflora has some disadvantages for bonsai:

1) Its growth rate is relatively slow compared to other species. This means it takes a longer time to be shaped, and a slower ability to recover from severe pruning. In turn, for temperate climates, this means pruning must be carefully scheduled early in the growing season to allow the tree to fully recover by the end of it.

2) Its foliage is "typical sickle shaped", even for the juvenile stages. And both juvenile and adult leaves are relatively large. This means it looks better when grown as "big bonsai" than as a "classical bonsai" (the later being something difficult even for other eucalypt species).

The first point can be either an advantage or a disadvantage depending on the time you want to invest seasonally in taking care of the bonsai. The second point cannot be "fixed".

It may also be interesting for you to see there are several different types of E. pauciflora, some of which are already "small sized" (probably meaning slower growers, so smaller at a given age compared to other Snow Gums). You can see more here:

1) Snow Gums: cold hardy Eucalyptus from Alpine Australia. Notes on taxonomy and cultivation in cold temperate climates.

2) Snow Gums: cold hardy Eucalyptus from Alpine Australia. Additional notes on taxonomy and cultivation in cold temperate climates.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Im new to Bonsai growing and have recently started growing from seed. I would like some information and instructions regarding the growing tip removal of a Tasmanian Eucalyptus. The kit I have does not have very good information because it is partially Japanese.
Thanks,
Sebastian


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