Lemon Bush

SKU: FL4058

Lemon Eucalyptus, aka Lemon-scented Gum, is a highly fragrant tree that has green, lance-shaped leaves and a smooth, grey bark. It has... Read More

Matures 120-150

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Lemon Bush

Product Details

Lemon Eucalyptus, aka Lemon-scented Gum, is a highly fragrant tree that has green, lance-shaped leaves and a smooth, grey bark. It has been popularised in recent years due to the highly effective insect repellent qualities of its refined extract, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE). Besides this utility, it also makes a lovely ornamental. It can be grown as an annual in the garden or in containers as it is frost-tender and best moved indoors over winter. This fast growing, deer resistant tree can reach 1.8-2.4m (6-8') in its first season--in its natural environment in Australia, these trees can grow 12-30m (40-100') tall at full maturity! Thankfully, container plants can be pruned to keep them at a more managable size.

Tender Perennial

Quick Facts:

    • Citrus-scented foliage
    • Fragrance repels insects
    • Deer resistant
    • Suitable for indoor growing
    • Fast growing

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All About Lemon Bush

Latin

Latin
Eucalyptus cinerea
Family: Myrtaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Hardy to Zone 8

Timing

Timing
Sow indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost date. That’s mid-winter for most gardeners. Germination should occur in 14-21 days.

Starting

Starting
Lightly cover the seeds and keep moist and warm until germination. Once the seeds sprout, remove from bottom heat and remove any humidity dome. It seems that Eucalyptus seedlings are prone to damping off, so provide bright light and air circulation around the plants. At 10-13cm (4-5″), transplant on to a container if keeping indoors. Or transplant outdoors once night time temperatures are consistently above 10°C (50°F).

Growing

Growing
Plant in full sun in well drained, moderately rich soil. This Eucalypt can be grown in a container as an indoor houseplant and pruned to a compact size. Outdoors, take branches as needed for floral displays. They can also be dried or preserved with glycerin.

How to Grow Eucalyptus

Step 1

Timing

Sow indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost date. That’s mid-winter for most gardeners. Germination should occur in 14-21 days.

Step 2

Starting

Lightly cover the seeds and keep moist and warm until germination. Once the seeds sprout, remove from bottom heat and remove any humidity dome. It seems that Eucalyptus seedlings are prone to damping off, so provide bright light and air circulation around the plants. At 10-13cm (4-5″), transplant on to a container if keeping indoors. Or transplant outdoors once night time temperatures are consistently above 10°C (50°F).

Step 3

Growing

Plant in full sun in well drained, moderately rich soil. This Eucalypt can be grown in a container as an indoor houseplant and pruned to a compact size. Outdoors, take branches as needed for floral displays. They can also be dried or preserved with glycerin.

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