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Eucalyptus Gunnii (Cider Gum) | 15 seeds | RARE | Same Day Dispatch

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Please find for sale 15 fresh Cider Gum seeds (Eucalyptus Gunnii). This beautiful tree is perhaps best known for its use in wedding bouquets, table decorations etc, however I fell in love with this tree when I spotted a 8 foot specimen is a friends garden. The beauty of its shiny bark, the smell of the leaves and the rustling noise in gentle breezes is pretty hard to beat. When he moved house, we dug it out and moved it!

Gunnii is very flexible - can be trained as a bush or a standard. We are  on the south coast but elsewhere in UK some winter protection may well be required.

Hopefully I will have a limited supply of 1 year old plants next spring.

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Germination Guide

Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed if basic steps are followed.

  • Soak the seeds in a glass of water for 24 hours
  • Sow seed on surface of a moist porous seed mix - ideally a mix of  50% regular compost, 50% vermiculite (which I sell in the Accessories section of my eBay shop) 
  • The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered..
  • Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  • Very gently tamp down the surface of the soil using a suitable flat object
  • Place in a light, warm position but out of direct sunlight.
  • Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  • Germination generally occurs in around 10-28 days in the right conditions

Olly's General Guide to Seed Sowing!

I love sowing seeds and it runs in the family - dad, granddad and finally my great-granddad for whom the hobby helped him get over his experiences in the Great War. I still get a big kick when I see the first seedling poking through from a new plant that I have never sown before or been successful at. However, even the most experienced gardeners draw "blanks" from time to time. Whilst I sow all the seeds that I sell so I know that they are viable, some are trickier than others and problems can arise so here are some tips to make "blanks" few and far between:

1) Don’t Rush! Tempting though it is when that packet arrives in the post to simply bung the seeds in some compost!

2) Google and YouTube are your friends! Take some time so see the methods other people use to germinate the seed. 

3) Think Nature! What conditions do seeds face? For example a seed from a tropical plant will fall to the warm, wet and dark jungle floor. A seed from the mountains of Europe will fall to the floor in Autumn, then have to endure months of freezing temperatures before germinating in the spring. So as growers, what we are trying to do is to simulate the conditions that the seeds will naturally experience and there are plenty of tricks that can be done to short cut the processes somewhat.

4) Good compost pays dividends. The best investment you can make is to purchase three bags - one of potting compost, one of vermiculite and one of horticultural sand. With these three bags I can make up whatever soil type a particular seed likes (although for most seeds I find a 50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite works just fine) 

5) Rot is your enemy. The single biggest danger to seed germination is rot - either before or after "damping off" the seeds germinate. To reduce the risk, ensure you have good free draining soil mix and that it is moist but not wet. Unless the seed variety absolutely requires it I prefer NOT to cover my seeds trays with plastic bags, Whilst germination is often faster this way, it greatly increases the risk of rot. I prefer to place my seed trans inside a watertight plastic tray and water from the bottom - airflow over the surface reduces the risk.

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