Rainbow Eucalyptus seeds (Eucalyptus deglupta)
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Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or rainbow gum. It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. Its natural distribution spans New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao.
The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.
In the present day this tree is grown widely around the world in tree plantations, mainly for pulpwood used in making paper. It is the dominant species used for pulpwood plantations in the Philippines.
Eucalyptus deglupta is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in tropical and subtropical climate gardens and parks.
The showy multi-coloured streaks that cover the trunk are a distinctive landscape design element.
Germination of a Eucalyptus Deglupta
Choose a pot in which to germinate the Eucalyptus deglupta seed. It should have several holes in the bottom for drainage. Seeding flats are ideal if you plan on germinating more than one seed. Combine equal parts of sand and peat moss and moisten it well. Peat moss resists moisture when it is dry, so you may have to stir the mixture well to get it uniformly moist. Pour the mixture into the container, to within 1/2 inch of the rim.
Eucalyptus deglupta seeds require light to germinate, so place the seed on the surface of the planting mix and don't cover it. Fill a spray bottle with tap water and adjust the nozzle to a fine mist. Mist the seeds and the surface of the planting mix. The seeds also require a bit of heat, so set a heat mat to 71 degrees Fahrenheit and place the pot on top of it.
For the first three days, the pot should remain in a lightly shaded area. On day four, move the pot into the sun for one hour then place it back in the shade. Over the course of the next week, gradually increase the amount of time the pot spends in the sun until it receives 50 percent sun. During this time, keep the soil moist by spraying it with the misting bottle. The Eucalyptus deglupta seed's germination period is erratic and may occur anytime between 14 and 90 days after sowing.
Move the seedling into full sun all day when it has its third set of leaves. Continue to keep the soil moist. When the Eucalyptus deglupta reaches 10 to 12 inches in height, it is ready to be transplanted into the landscape. Harden off the seedling by reducing the amount of water given by half and gradually exposing it to increasing amounts of direct sun, over the course of two weeks.