When you think of eucalyptus plants, you probably conjure about images of an adorable koala munching on some eucalyptus leaves. However, the eucalyptus plant is much more than just a food source for koalas.
Eucalyptus plants are known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties, as they contain high amounts of a chemical called cineole. Eucalyptus plants are a great choice to include in nearly every home or office, and we’ve pulled together a list of reasons that every home should have at least one eucalyptus plant in it.
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Why Eucalyptus Plants Are Good for Homes
Eucalyptus branches have a pleasing menthol-like fragrance, decongestant properties, ability to keep bugs away, and capability to be paired with tea. The fragrance of the eucalyptus leaf can be used to help decongest your chest when you are sick.
Eucalyptus is also a natural insect repellant. Arrange some of the dried leaves into a bunch and place them on your porch or patio to drive away some pesky insects.
They are also a great plant for novice indoor gardeners who need a forgiving plant that grows fast and is relatively easy to start.
A Eucalyptus Plant Can Be Good for Your Feng Shui Flow
Good feng shui is about balance and the positive feelings that rooms can produce when you occupy them. The eucalyptus plant is known for bringing positive energy and money into your home and is known to help improve indoor air quality.
Since the eucalyptus plant is a natural antiseptic, it does a great job of cleaning the air of your home. It is also though that if you hang eucalyptus branches or dried leaves in your home, you’ll attract wealth.
Don’t have the time or interest to keep a eucalyptus plant alive but still want the feng shui benefits? Don’t worry, you can use an artificial eucalyptus plant in place of a live one and still enjoy the energy from a well-balanced home.
Eucalyptus Plants Are Easy To Grow and Maintain Any Time of the Year
Eucalyptus plants thrive in hardiness zones 8-11 in the United States but can be grown indoors with the right conditions. Choose a sunny spot and fill a pot with well-draining soil.
Use high-quality potting soil and make sure your planter has drainage holes. Eucalyptus plants grow quickly, so be ready with your pruning scissors to maintain the shape of your eucalyptus plant.
How Do Eucalyptus Plants Grow?
You can grow eucalyptus plants from seed. Even if you want to place your eucalyptus outdoors, it’s best to give them a good start inside. Seed them in a container and use a heated to mat to boost germination speed.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see sprouts right away. It can take 14 to 21 days to germinate. When the plants are 4 to 6 inches tall, you can transfer them outdoors or continue to grow them indoors.
What Kind of Soil Does a Eucalyptus Plant Need?
Eucalyptus plants can tolerate most types of soil, as long as it is well-draining. If you are planning to keep your eucalyptus in a container, this is especially important. Eucalyptus plants don’t like soggy soil.
When it comes to the pH of your soil, aim for a slightly acidic or neutral pH for best results.
How Much Water Does a Eucalyptus Plant Need?
Water your eucalyptus plant thoroughly but let the top layer of soil dry out completely before you water it again. Eucalyptus trees prefer well-drained conditions, so it’s important not to overwater them.
Eucalyptus Plants Are Relatively Inexpensive
If you’re looking for the perfect eucalyptus plant for your space, you have plenty of options to choose from. Whether you want a live or artificial plant, there’s a eucalyptus plant that will fit the bill.
Eucalyptus plants can be purchased as a growing tree of up to 4 feet tall, in a bundle to go in places like a shower or potted in a four-pack.
Many homeowners like to place eucalyptus bundles in their shower, as the steam helps activate the healing properties of the eucalyptus plant.
Eucalyptus Plant Decorating Ideas Are Nearly Endless
Because of the flexibility of the plant and the fact that it can thrive in bright, indirect sunlight, decorating ideas abound.
Eucalyptus stems are beautiful with their multiple shades of earthy green and curving stems. Stick some in a vase and place it on a table or your mantel.
If you have a fireplace, line the mantel with bunches of eucalyptus branches. They look striking against the fireplace and add fragrance to your home, as well.
Eucalyptus branches also look great when strung together to create a garland or wreath that you can place anywhere in your home.
Artificial Eucalyptus Plants Often Look Just Like the Real Thing
For those who travel a lot or just aren’t good at keeping plants alive, artificial eucalyptus plants are a good alternative. They look exactly like the real thing, and can be used in all the same ways as live plants. I promise, nobody will know the difference.
We hope this information and these decorating tips will encourage you to consider adding eucalyptus to your home décor. We’d love to hear how you use eucalyptus in your home decorating. Let us know your best tips in the comments!