Help! Eucalyptus problem!

Sue Dart suedart at
Wed Oct 13 17:51:41 EST 1999

Hi Jan,
In my "Natives of Australia", the eucalyptus caesia is described as growing
to 8 m, requiring full sun, moderate to low watering. To quote the whole
"This stunning tree has brown bark that cracks and peels at the base of the
trunk with silver branches. It bears large pink flowers with glue-green buds
and fruit, and requires a well-drained position and protection from the
wind. It prefers a sunny position and is drought and frost resistant."
If you can find a place out of the wind, but out of doors until the snow
starts, then put it there. You might have too small a pot without enough
ventilation and drainage. If you can find the right place, then repot the
sapling, making sure the drainage holes are properly crocked to ensure no
water clogs the base. Remember that eucalyptus generally have a very deep
tap root, and don't like their roots disturbed after the first year or so.
The white spot sounds like a mealy bug. You could try wiping the leaves -
top and under - with a weak solution of warm soapy water.
Good luck,
Jan Veenstra wrote in message <3804DEB6.3072 at>...
>Dear gardeners,
>My Eucalyptus plants are a few months old now and milldew (correct
>english? anyway: white spots) is showing on the leaves.
>I have put the plants inside because of the windy dutch autumn. They
>would have been blown from the balony if I hadn't. The weather is less
>windy now and it should be save but I decided to let them inside because
>of colder weather. Now white spots are showing on the leaves.
>What's the best thing to do?
>- Throw the plants away?
>- Put them back outside again and get them inside when the temperature
>drops below zero?
>- Leave them inside?
>- Throw some poison?
>- etc?
>The Eucalyptus Caesia that lives in south-west Desert Australia. It is
>said to survive in Victoria too, if not too wet.
>Please advise.
>Greetings: J.V. / No spam please

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