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Eucalyptus ‘Little Boy Blue’
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Australian Garden – RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Photo by Jay Watson
Copyright Royal Botanic Gardens 2011
my little boy blue doesn’t seem to grow although I planted it last year. It gets lots of sun so I don’t see why. It’s not thickening and the base has stayed the same size. Can you please help?
Warren Worboys, Curator of Horticulture at RBG Cranbourne and member of the Chelsea team, says:
“Little Boy Blue is a bit of a slow grower and depending on when and where you planted it, the tree may just need a bit more time. Some things to consider about the planting are:
- It is normal for Eucalypts to put on root growth into the soil before they start putting on shoot growth, its a way of ensuring that they have enough roots to provide water for all the new leaves.
- Good sunshine is excellent but is the plant exposed to too harsh conditions, eg does it have a northerly exposure with a wall behind it
- Is it planted in heavy soil, it doesn’t like poorly drained clayey soil.
- Were the roots of the plant pot-bound when it was planted
- When was it planted last year, if it was autumn, the heavy rain and wet cold soils over winter will slow down or stop growth but spring should encourage good new growth. Give the plant a bit of native plant fertilizer as soon as new leaves start developing.”
I hope that helps. Good luck!
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