The eucalyptus tree is an easy-to-care-for plant that can quickly spice up and add natural beauty to a room or garden. The plant is native to Australia, where it is widely known as the koala bear's favorite food. Eucalyptus trees can either be grown in the ground or placed in containers, as the plant is fairly adaptable. In what follows, you'll find out how to best care for your new eucalyptus tree.
To begin, pick out a eucalyptus with no signs of disease. Look for new growth, no damage to the body and well-maintained soil. Once you've picked one out and brought it home, you'll want to expose it to as much sun as possible. If you grow yours outdoors instead, put it in a place that gets full sun exposure throughout the day. While eucalyptus can get by in partial sun, your plant will be much healthier with as much sun as you can give it. Unless your area is unusually rainy, you'll only need to water your eucalyptus tree occasionally. Let the soil dry out a few inches deep between waterings, and increase watering during a dry spell. In all likelihood, you'll quickly learn how much water your eucalyptus tree wants. Give the tree a slow-release fertilizer if you plant it in a pot rather than in the ground; if you choose to plant in the ground, however, there's no need to artificially fertilize your eucalyptus tree. Prune your eucalyptus through the summer, cutting off any top growth and keeping it in the shape you desire. Your plant should otherwise be fine, but you may want to keep it safe during cold periods by bringing it inside when the temperature starts to fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.