How to care for the lemon eucalyptus

How to care for the lemon eucalyptus


Like all eucalyptus species, Eucalyptus citriodora feels at home in a warm, bright location. Cultivation is possible

  • as a container plant on the terrace
  • in the field
  • on the balcony
  • as a year-round houseplant
  • in the winter garden

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  • Cultivate the eucalyptus as a pot plant


On the terrace, the intense scent of the leaves keeps mosquitoes and other annoying insects away.

Care instructions

to water

Always keep the substrate moist. But it shouldn't be too wet either, because the lemon eucalyptus reacts to waterlogging by shedding leaves and in the worst case it dies completely. It is best to use water with little lime for watering.


Fertilize your lemon eucalyptus weekly with a liquid fertilizer. In winter, extend the intervals to once a month.

To cut

Due to the rapid growth, you have to cut back the eucalyptus regularly, depending on the type of cultivation (consider the space available). For a radical cut, spring is the best time of year. But even if your tree is becoming increasingly bare, thinning out in the meantime will help it to regain a new, bushy growth.


Make sure you have a bright location even in winter. It's best to bring the lemon eucalyptus into the house before the first frost. According to some tree nurseries, it is frost-resistant down to -15 ° C, but you are on the safe side with wintering in closed rooms. But it can't be too warm here either. Cool temperatures of 5 ° C are ideal.


Once a year you should also transplant your lemon eucalyptus into a larger container. March is ideal. Then the growth of the deciduous tree stands in the star holes. It thrives all the better in fresh substrate.

Pest prevention

Occasionally, aphids haunt the lemon eucalyptus. Adequate watering and a well-ventilated location prevent infestation. If you discover symptoms such as deformed leaves, treatments with vinegar or detergent solutions will help. You should not use chemical fungicides.