Eucalyptus is a genus of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, and is native to Australia. There are over 700 varieties of eucalyptus known to date - most of which are common to Australia. There are only 15 varieties of eucalyptus that naturally occur outside Australia.
Almost all eucalyptus are evergreen and the leaves are covered with oil glands. The natural oil contains powerful disinfectants and can even be toxic. Koala Bears are intolerant of the oil and eat the leaves in vast quantity. Eucalyptus oil is used to make cleaning products, deodrants, cough sweets and toothpaste.
In the wholesale flower markets, eucalyptus is one of the most popular foliages used by florists because of it's pleasent smell & the fact that it bulks out well in any flower arrangement. Eucalyptus is especially popular for it's use in wedding flowers, with the new 40cm mini varieties fast becoming a favourite.
Most eucalyptus is sold by weighted bunches, but the 200gm is now stem counted and sold in buckets of 50 or 100 stems. The heavier grades are sold in 300, 400 and 500gm bunches - most being no taller than 60cm in stem length.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut eucalyptus please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the eucalyptus in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut foliage in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit may harm most foliages). Keep the eucalyptus in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.