Eucalyptus (Baby Blue)
There are literally dozens of Eucalyptus varieties available within the floral trade, with most varieties exhibiting a distinct Eucalyptus aroma. Baby Blue Eucalyptus is perhaps the most popular and widely used Eucalyptus. It has round, oval leaves about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter that open directly across from each other on a very erect, straight stem. Available year-round and very long lasting blue-green foliage.
Species: Eucalyptus globulus
Symbolizes: From Greek word "eu" (well) and "kalypto" (to cover), refers to how calyx forms a cap over the flower. For Aboriginals the eucalyptus tree is holy representing the division of Heaven and Earth. It is said to have a purifying effect on a spiritual level. You can remove negative energy by burning eucalyptus leaves.
Also Known As: Baby Blue, Tasmanian Blue Gum
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 38- 41F (3-5C)
Water: Medium water quality, avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 20+ days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Foliage should be uniform in color and free of interveinal chlorosis.
The silvery-gray foliage can be used as a filler in fresh arrangements, dried in dry arrangements, or used in potpourri. Eucalyptus has the added benefit of a wonderful, clean fragrance. The foliage tones, from grey-blue to grey-green, are flattering to most flowers. Baby Blue creates a very angular image. Removing leaves from Eucalyptus will produce a sticky residue. This can be removed from your hands by using a soap that contains lanolin. You may want to use gloves when working with Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is extremely long lasting. Use in foam or vase and treat with a finishing spray to keep eucalyptus fresh and hydrated.
Produces ethylene when under water stress, but ethylene is not a concern under non-stress conditions.
Pest & Disease Information
Eucalyptus is very resilient to diseases post-harvest.
Dehydration, leave yellowing, weak tops. Eucalyptus should never be exposed to freezing temperatures. Before using it in floral arrangements, Eucalyptus stems should be re-cut and put in fresh lukewarm water with floral food. If the tips are very tender and soft, allow it to draw water up to the tips. Eucalyptus is not sensitive to ethylene, but if the foliage is poorly handled, is warm, and water-stressed, it can produce concentrations of ethylene that could damage ethylene-sensitive flowers.
For optimal care of Eucalyptus (Baby Blue), please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.