The eucalyptus tree is known for its fragrant smell and signature shredded bark. It is one of the most desired non-native trees for North American landscaping. To keep the tree healthy and to start new trees, you will need to graft them. Grafting involves cutting new stems from the branches in order to grow new trees from the stems. Read on for instructions and tips to make a graft of a eucalyptus tree for your yard.
Eucalyptus is one of the fastest growing trees on the planet, known as a great source for paper products. Recently, a Japanese company has even tested a way to graft a eucalyptus tree that would be able to grow in more acidic soils than the ones in which the trees naturally grow.
The grafting procedure in this particular instance actually occurred in the root section of the eucalyptus tree rather than the trunk, which is normally the case. This study was done to see if a sustainable tree could be reproduced in environments where it normally would not survive in order to produce products that could be sold at an economical price. The results suggest a solution to deforestation and other environmentally devastating practices.
How to Graft
Grafting is usually required when trying to produce a hybrid of a fruit or vegetable, but it is also used when a plant does not readily provide seeds for propagation. Grafting also helps reproduce trees in climates in which they don't usually thrive.
When grafting a eucalyptus tree to reproduce, find at least 2 healthy vines from which to make cuts. Find a host piece to graft and make an incision using a clean knife. Make a ‘V’ cut into the host branch for best results. Close up the wound in the tree by using a small dab of asphalt paste. This will help the tree defend itself from any pests and diseases.
Once the graft has been taken, wrap it in a wet cloth to keep it moist. This will help to keep the tissues alive while the graft starts.
Place the graft into the host branch, and wrap it with small pieces of cloth and twine. Every day, check the graft to make sure it is not showing signs of wilting or losing its leaves.