Harvesting Eucalyptus Leaves
Harvesting eucalyptus branches to use the stems and leaves for floral arrangements is easy. All you need to do is cut the eucalyptus branches to the required height. You can then dry the eucalyptus stems and use them for decoration, or trim off the leaves when they are dried.
Alternatively, you can pinch off leaves from the eucalyptus plant and leave them out to dry on paper towels. Some people use eucalyptus leaves for their scent in potpourri in perfume rooms. Others crush the dried leaves to use as a natural bug repellent.
Drying eucalyptus is very easy.
- Trim your eucalyptus stems to the length you prefer. …
- Tie a length of string or twine snugly around the base of a bunch of fresh eucalyptus leaves.
- Hang the bunch upside down by the string in a cool, dark, dry place. …
- After two to three weeks, cut down the bunch of eucalyptus and display it as desired.
Preserving Eucalyptus Leaves
You can preserve eucalyptus leaves to use them in craft work. For this, you’ll need glycerin, a large jar, and boiling water. Mix one part glycerin with two parts boiling water. When the liquid has cooled, pour into a large glass jar. Stand the leafy eucalyptus branches in the liquid. After two to six weeks, the leaves will change color and be ready for craft work. Preserving eucalyptus leaves with the glycerin method makes them last for many months.
How Long Does Eucalyptus Cut Stem Last?
Eucalyptus stem cuttings last for a few days to a few weeks. You can place the cut branches in a vase of water to make the attractive aromatic foliage last longer. The best cuttings—and the ones that last the longest—are from young eucalyptus trees.
You can buy preserved eucalyptus bundles for your shower aromatherapy at our Etsy shop: www.printhousedesign.com ( under bathroom sections)
Also check out Monday’s blog from this week on how to grow eucalyptus indoors.