Leptospermum Plants For Your Garden
Leptospermum is a genus of flowering plants and trees native to Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia, with the greatest number of species occurring in Australia. A number of species are cultivated as ornamentals and these plants are also grown for commercial use. Here is a guide on how to grow Leptospermum plants. Because only about 1 of every 100 Leptospermum cuttings or seeds will take root, it is recommended that you buy a Leptospermum seedling. Repot the seedling as soon as possible, as the Leptospermum has special needs. Fill a pot that’s about twice the size of the one the seedling came in with professionally mixed potting soil with a low pH and high peat moss content. The soil mixture can be too difficult for the average person to make, so it is best to just purchase it. Carefully place the seedling in the new pot at the same level it was in the old pot. Make sure the roots are not disturbed or damaged during the move, as the plants will die in a few hours if this happens.
Water the soil sparsely every other day. Only use just enough water to dampen the top soil. This genus has a very delicate but efficient root system that needs only a little water to survive. It will die in a matter of hours if it is overwatered. Place the pot in a window sill that receives direct sunlight all day. The plant can be put outdoors if the average temperature does not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, although an established Leptospermum can occasionally survive temperatures that drop below freezing.