It is advisable to only buy small specimens of up to 1m (3ft¼) tall. Eucalyptus are prone to windrock and, if planted too large or when even slightly rootbound, there is the strong possibility of the top growing more quickly than the roots, resulting in a lack of stability.
Before planting, do not incorporate any manure, as this will encourage too much leafy growth. Plant in a well-drained soil in a sunny position with some shelter from cold, drying winds.
There is no need to stake the young plant. Stronger roots are encouraged if plants are left to develop unaided.
Mulch the root area around the trunk with bulky organic matter such as garden compost and keep this area weed-free for the first few years of the tree's life.
Water newly-planted specimens during dry spells while the tree is establishing (for the first two to five years after planting). After this, watering should not be necessary. Garden-grown specimens should not require regular feeding.
Container-grown specimens may be grown in any good multi-pupose potting media but soil-based ones such as John Innes No 2 or No 3 potting compost are easiest to manage. Adding up to 30 percent by volume of coarse grit is often helpful. They benefit from monthly feeding with a balanced liquid fertiliser and watering as required to keep the compost moist (not damp) during the growing season. Reduce watering in winter. Repot every two years.