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Successful eucalypt establishment requires timely planning and attention to detail. The growers' objectives, site characteristics, and threats from pests are all key factors. There is still a lot to learn about matching species to site and the climatic limits at which different eucalypt species will survive and thrive.
For good survival and growth, eucalypts generally need:
So while we believe that low-altitude, sheltered coastal areas will produce the best growth from our select species, part of NZDFI's research is to investigate how well our trees perform on a wide range of site types.
Some short videos filmed during establishment at NZDFI trial sites.
Downloadable guidelines for growers:
Select site to match species by…
Understanding species and spacing requirements
Clear planting sites by spraying in winter
Control animal pests
Ensure tree stocks are high quality
Spring planting (and fertilising)