Gustavo Iglesias Trabado
We have put together some images of ornamental Eucalyptus growing in our own garden and some explanatory texts on horticultural recommendations at each stage of cultivation during their early years in order to control their growth and form. Just click the images to enlarge them and follow the links under each figure for full description of each stage.
STEP 1: Get a good quality ornamental Eucalyptus plant
Fig. 1: Standard potted ornamental eucalypt ready to be planted out
STEP 2: Plant your Eucalyptus and observe during the first year
STEP 3: Keep your Eucalyptus bushy, size control via pollarding
STEP 4: Make your Eucalyptus compact, branch division via pruning
STEP 5: Observe Eucalyptus branch length growth and keep sculpting
- Size control achieved, important for gardens with limited space (tree size estabilised around 3 m)
- Basal branches retained (not discarded by the tree after building up higher crown)
- More compact form (noticeable length growth in basal branches)
- Balanced aerial part/root system ratio (we minimise windhtrow damage risks)
- Fresh Eucalyptus foliage harvest from pruning operations, useful for flower arrangements
- New branch architecture after pruning: Not all Eucalyptus trees managed this way develop several main branches after pollarding. The pictured one shows how one of the lateral branches took apical dominance. We obtained good branching in other specimens.
- Leaning towards light: Development of new main branches can be achieved but they tend to grow towards the light. This is important if Eucalyptus are planted in partial shade. This effect can be somewhat controled using stakes and wire to train future main branches to the desired direction while they are yet flexible and not woody.
- Fertilising: 0.1 hours
- Pollarding: 0.1 hours
- Pruning: 0.1 hours
- Clipping: 1.5 hours
- Watering: 4.5 hours
Total: 8 hours
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