Corymbia Baby Gum PlantingSummer
Should you not notice yours flowering, the noise from the party the Lorikeets are having in it will give you a hint! Fluffy, fluorescent-like stamens appear at the ends of each branch, so wonderfully bright in colour. Prune off spent flowers on young trees in January so they don’t put all their energy into developing big gumnuts. Established trees don’t have to be pruned so you can choose to let the birds continue with their after-party amongst the gumnuts, or prune lightly after flowering to create an even better floral display next year.
Tidy up any wayward growth.
Mulch around the base, in preparation for spring and summer.
Fertilise in early spring with a native fertiliser. The recommended time to plant a young tree is in early spring, after the threat of frost has passed. A free draining spot is best; improve the soil with composted cow manure and slightly mound-up the planting location. This will improve drainage and root development. Avoid disturbing the root ball unless roots are ‘pot bound’, in this case, lightly tease out the lower roots. Plant centrally in the mound at a depth not above the graft union; identified by a change in bark colour. Firm down the soil lightly and water in well with a seaweed solution.