The material presented on this website, may not be reproduced or distributed, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of CTC Productions. Hi Candi – although it’s hard to give any diagnosis without seeing your tree, it could be that graft is failing but, given that it’s so soon after planting it could also be some pests have found it and are damaging the new growth in bud. Question From: in Blackburn Sth, Blackburn Sth Victoria…, Question From: in San Diego, San Diego International…, Question From: in Ashmore , Ashmore Queensland Nature…, Question From: in Northgate, Brisbane Queensland Nature of…. I fertilised all my gardens with some dynamic lifter the same time I mulched and was considering using some osmocote native plant fertiliser but if it’s root rot causing the issue then I’m not sure if that’s wise. I have a grafted eucalypt that I planted about 6 years ago. After seeing these impacts at the clinic, I now note how devastating the damage is in the landscape as I drive around the region. The problem is that the plant hasn’t responded; it hasn’t died, but it hasn’t put on any height either, and it hasn’t flowered! They are two years old now. The plant was telling me that the plant on top was dying. I suggest if you are going to use the dynamic lifter to use only a very, very tiny amount. Any help would be much appreciated. Tree trunks need to move slightly to develop reaction wood, which also thickens the trunk and keeps it more stable in strong winds. One was thriving, the other only several metres away in apparently identical conditions had that “torched” look with burnt tips. I am thinking maybe cut my losses and try again with a non-grafted Ficifolia? We have two red gums we planted early this year in NZ. But it could also be the graft failing, or possums eating the new buds. I live in Central Queensland and have 2 beautiful Summer Red grafted trees. This is not directly in response to your query, but I’ve had two (Wild Sunset and Mini Red) in large pots for 18 months now, and they are doing well. It is very reliable and flowers every December. In the case of flowering gums the purpose of grafting is twofold. Flowering gum 'Summer Red'. These trees will grow in most areas of Australia, except for tropical and mountain zones. A lot of comments generated by that blog suggested to me that many gardeners have had very mixed results with these plants. Dwarf red-flowering gum. Both appearing to die on the fresh buds for some reason, could it have water shortage? I cut all the spent flowers off; I waited until late autumn before planting it in the ground; I cut off a few roots which were encircling inside the pot before putting it in the ground; I dug a big hole and mixed our local grey sand with some homemade compost; I mulched the surface around the plant, and I’ve given it several buckets of water every few days, which I’d be confident would have stopped the ground drying out. If the plant is stressed as mine is at present they send out copious shoots from the root stock as mine is doing weekly. It has new buds but is not as compact as years in the past. Perhaps a few professionals can join this discussion? Thanks to everyone for their comments and observations on grafted flowering gums. If the roots are damaged they will not be able to take up the fertilizer any way. C.ficifolia “Lollypops” – Will reach around 5m and has dusky pink flowers. I have a grafted dwarf orange flowering gum that seems to be very happy. Many of the variegated forms of northern hemisphere deciduous trees such as claret ash fall into this category. Its flowers are spectacular, and it can be tried as a container plant That is a hard one to give an answer to. Background: Once planted and established, I did not provide anything else (eg water, fertilizer, fungal agents etc) and the Baby Orange got a light pruning last year. Scarlet red flowers in summer. Must be disappointing and frustrating for you. Lee from Sydney you have more than got that right, I am still working hard with my gums and I’ve at least got the best thing thing working. Hi Rosie, how is your tree doing? Corymbia ficifolia – Flowering Gum One of the best gum trees for producing spectacular flowering, and a useful height as a shade and street tree. They are both mounded, same process of soil and mulch, about 20-25m apart. I was wondering if I would be able to grow them in a pot instead so I can keep the water up for them? as it is high in phosphorous and nitrogen. Both trees have attractive bronze coloured foliage. I received a beautiful corymbia last year and it was doing well up until last week .I gave the plant a sprinkle of worm castings and I was shocked to see burnt leaves. Regards, What method of grafting has been used in the 2 photos. Geraldton wax – Lady Stephanie is in bud and so is my leptospermum – Lavender queen and Nanum Pink. My untested theory is they die of lack of moisture as the grafted plant comes from a 1200mm and more rainfall area in SW Western Australia. I would love to get feedback from you if you have had either a good or bad experience with grafted flowering gums so we can build knowledge base on the subject. I wonder if the graft just fails or if it never really took but constant overhead watering in a nursery provided enough for the leaves to keep going for a while, until purchased. So it needs to access a lot of water from its root stock. Thanks you for the post! Help… In Morayfield just north of Brisbane. I now get the native blue banded bees and other beneficial insects which I don’t want to lose, that is why I have chosen to go the organic way. [All other native grevillias and callistemons are doing fine] with a neighbour’s shed about a metre away which receives the western sun. Could the top dressing soil be leaching phosphorous perhaps? I have found with various grafted plant species that you must consider the watering requirements of the plant on top not the root stock. BUT I have one grafted flowering gum remaining out of four plants. When the rain hit, I stopped soaking as humidity increased, as we know plants absorb atmospheric moisture. I have a very open southerly garden that receives full sun from first morning to sunset. Corymbia ficifolia is a spectacular tree with a spreading crown and terminal clusters of bright red to orange flowers during summer. Extended dry periods will guarantee failure. Rainbow lorikeets have benefited enormously from contact with humans, and they are much more common now than they used to be years ago. I think the best time to plant natives is April/May. They attract birds and bees, they grow in a wide variety of habitats and soils, and they are drought and frost tolerant once established. If you visit their site they have an information page in regards to their grafted gums. I live in Brisbane and have had no luck with grafted red flowering gum. They are indeed beautiful trees when healthy. Note: Please check stock availability by contacting our office or refer to our Availability List on the Products page. All the best. The only problem that can arise is that seedlings can vary in some ways from the parent plant. If you grow it in dry well drained soil it will slowly die off unless it can find adequate moisture. Grafted plants in 200mm (8″) pots cost around $30. Don’s Expert Answers: Can BBQ smoke effect a Flame Vine which is on a fence approx 3 feet above the bbq plate? Some trees produce growth from the root stock before the grafted plant, you need to watch for that. I have been known to walk off and leave the hose running, forgetting it’s there and returning 2 hours later. Often these plants have little hope of being successful. It is very helpful to read here that this is a common problem. The red flowering gum is one of the most widely cultivated of all eucalypts both in Australia and overseas. My successes were in situations where the soil retained winter moisture for longer periods. It’s still early days for me, however continued observation with plants and weather patterns certainly helps a lot. Beyond that, they were both on their own. When I bought the grafted gum there was a stake taped to the stem – landscaper planted with stake being a small grafted plant. I am in Perth in a coastal suburb. Don’t add any more soil over its root zone as this can cause fungal problems around the base of the trunk from moisture build-up and will also suffocate the main growing roots near the surface. This is a tough and compact Australian native which puts on a brilliant display of fiery red flowers throughout the summer months, providing an abundance of food for nectar loving birds. Sunset is currently covered in tiny buds. After seeing the interest on GardenDrum about my earlier post on grafted flowering gums, I feel there needs to be some follow up on the subject. The unfortunate issue is that gardeners, particularly new gardeners, become disillusioned when they have large plant losses. It had a decent flowering around Christmas and I very rarely water it. Observation is the key to growing any plants, look for signs, plants will tell you when something is wrong, like drooping leaves, burning edges, yellowing etc. Thanks Jennifer, I’ll get on to that site and order some. Gum is really stable now and I have to say, although we have had cool temps in the morning and evening, my native garden still hasn’t stopped growing. The reason I use seaweed soil conditioner – my garden site was originally where an above ground pool was built by the previous owners. Once humidity dropped I watered every second week and so forth. Rain would be good! All my other natives are thriving. Would 4 poles have made a difference? I watered them but obviously not enough. Hi Lee again got a new phone wondered if you’d be interested in seeing a few snaps old time last suppose finally getting up to date I’ll try and enclose regards lee. I took a holiday down the coast after Christmas and noticed there are a lot of flowering gums being grown in front gardens and flowering well. This Gum prefers full sun or part shade in well drained, clay or sandy soil and is tolerant of frosts and coastal conditions. It was a mini red Melissa King Norwood, very contradictory on the label stating moist well drained soil and also a sign saying it tolerates dryness. I do agree with Jeff when mentioned, that you really shouldn’t put any more fertiliser down for the time being and water only, hopefully you will see some new growth happening. Burke’s Backyard recommends that you attract native birds to your garden by providing them with food, shelter and water. Too much can be detrimental I have found. All in all, very weak tree. Number two tree is about two metres, spindly, lacking thick growth on top, trunk thin, bark coming off, leaves have rustiness, yet new growth (buds/leaves? Everything was fine, it flowered and then about 2 weeks ago, after being in the ground for 4 weeks, it is dying from the bottom up. Mostly were orange, red. The grafted plant we are trying to grow is E. Ficifolia grafted onto a suitable compatible eucalyptus. The red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) is one of the world’s most spectacular trees when in full bloom and in recent times the development of more compact cultivars that are propagated vegetatively (usually by grafting) has made this an even more popular choice as a feature tree for the garden. ficifolia scion to maculata and gummifera. This is a compact and tough Australian native with brilliant flowers in summertime. This is a fairly generic term, but commonly refers to Corymbia ficifolia and all the various grafted cultivars of this genus.. The species is best suited to temperate districts with low summer rainfall and humidity. The original species Corymbia ficifolia is a sturdy tree from W.A., with thick green leaves and very variable height, from as low as 2m to as tall as 12-15m. The Dwarf Yellow Gum is a small gum tree with an open canopy, single trunk and smooth, shedding bark. That’s Australia. Am I going to lose the whole big tree or is there anyway I can try and save it please? A medium sized tree that has rough bark, lance-shaped foliage and a spreading crown. So what if they drop a few leaves on the lawn or in the pool. We are just as eagerly waiting and watching now to see when it may flower. Flowering was well into bud and some buds had opened into a blaze of red only a week ago then last Monday the disaster happened – the graft snapped entirely! One flowered in Dec and another one beside it is flowering beautifully now in March-April 2017 in Sydney. Common name: Flowering gum. Nitrogen 2.7% I’m in Melbourne. Sorry if this subject maybe boring. + The two small Summer grafted plants (one is Summer Glory and I have forgotten what the other is) are doing poorly and are still only one metre high after four years of care. Iridescent orange, pink and red gum flowers are the must-have plants for summer, bringing in flocks of nectar feeding parrots into your garden. I watered her for the first few days (still in the pot she arrived in) and then we have had a lot of rain so can’t imagine she is too dry! Hi Lee Coltman, Sydney, on the coast resident – I think you may well be on the ball (as they say) as I planted two baby orange and one calypso, however now only one baby orange survived. Red bracts at Christmas make this a stand out in the garden. It looks healthy, and full size similar gum trees are all in flower now in my neighbourhood, just not mine. One last thing, later in every month (with the exception of January), I apply to the soil only a very, very weak solution of seaweed soil conditioner. Surprised about the dynamic lifter though, it is Yates Organic blend and says it is ok for natives and actually states the slow release blood & bone ingredient (high in phosphorous and nitrogen) is ideal for native plants! If you google ecoogranicgarden.com.au you can enquire from there. The foliage is often badly disfigured, and sometimes it appears to have been torched. I watered the plant in & maintained daily watering for the first 2 weeks. Eucalyptus Gum Trees or now also known as Corymbia are the quintessential Australian native tree. I have 3 of the grafted gums growing in a dry garden on the north end of Sydney for many years. Grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, this small growing tree has all the attributes of a full sized Corymbia ficifolia in a smaller sized tree. Assume your plant gets at least morning sun and soil relatively free draining and you have a good graft and there is no new shoots coming from below the graft ie from the root stock. Red-Flowering Gum1 Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson2 INTRODUCTION A native of Australia, Eucalyptus ficifolia grows best on the western coast of the United States and is seldom successful in the interior (Fig. Many different species are available through Online Plants, From dwarf flowering and grafted varieties, through to majestic, large trees. They make a variety of organic products to suit and also have a stockist list. We’ll see. The flowers do not have any petals, it is the many coloured stamen that give the flowers their fluffy appearance. After all the rain and humidity we are having in Sydney I expected to find my Hakea Laurina dying off, but instead is thriving. Unfortunately growing ficifolia from seed is a real lottery too as you can get many inferior specimens in a batch of seed-grown plants. I have seen many trees produced in coastal climates with good “apparent” juvenility, however, once removed from the controlled managed environment their treatment post dispatch can have an influence on the plant performance. lee. I’ve also had one succumb to leaf problems and eventually die, can’t remeber if it was the ‘Summer Beauty’ one or not. Years ago we had two beautiful trees but later one died and the rootstock took over the other. Cheers, Hi Jeff, I think these types of trees are not suitable for my conditions at home I’ve been mollycoddling my trees for more than a while as this is now the 3rd tree that’s karked it. As far as I know they need full sun if possible. Hope this helps this discussion. The varieties grown almost entirely for the flowers are Corymibia ficifolia. I purchased the fertiliser direct from the Eco Organic Garden website. The Laurina stands at 1.3m and planted in May. regards Catherine Stewart, GardenDrum creator/curator/editor. Also should the Hessian loops be placed in a number eight style, or just straight (each loop being on top of the other going up the tree)? It often grows larger and more vigorously in cultivation than in its natural habitat. Because... Rivendell Flower Show Sydney begins tomorrow morning! I’ve cleared the mulch well away form the base of the tree and will continue to give it plenty of water every couple of days and hope for the best. Water only. It is drought and smog tolerant. Many have irregular shaped canopies. Before I bought the gum I did a bit of research over the web looking for a nursery near to me that supplied the native nursery. Hope it recovers. Good to see such discussion on this topic of what can be a stunning tree subject to a range of cultural, physical and environmental conditions and site planting – potted or inground. Thanks Michael, some good horticultural common sense there. Secondly, the Western Australian flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) does not perform well in the hotter, more humid climates of places like Sydney and Brisbane and grafting them onto species such as spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) theoretically should make them more vigorous in these areas. Hi Jennifer also done the seaweed watering if you read back it is very hit and miss. Waited one day then soaked the soil every night for one week and I mean really soak. Conversely if the plant on top comes from an arid area in needs less water and so the ground can be allowed to dry out. Bunnings do stock some of their range, however my local store didn’t have the fertiliser. It’s a bit of an experiment – I’m not sure whether I can maintain them this way – unlike most of my other large long term pot plants, they’ll probably need periodic root pruning. In my own garden, as a professional, I know what to look for in a plant that needs water – clients often don’t. Could it still be in shock from being transplanted? The plant was supported with hessian straps & lightly mulched. One is looking really healthy, the other not so; it has been a time of learning. First, it is about making it possible to propagate them successfully on a commercial basis. Eucalyptus ficifolia (Corymbia ficifolia) - Red-Flowering Gum Red Flowering Gum is a rapid growing rounded evergreen broadleaf shrub or tree that can grow to 25-40 feet tall. They are taking a long time to bud and are getting larger and some are dropping. Sounds like it will be of use for all of my plants and something that doesn’t affect the native wild life is important. 20 or so years old, as you can image, the soil was pretty starved and in need of some TLC. It’s against our back (north) fence, but the top of the tree peeks over the fence so gets plenty of sun. Well done Arno, great comment. if you have just had a lot of rain then that will be the reason the buds are forming. You’d expect great consistency from grafted trees, but it’s the opposite. It appears that the damage is fungal induced and that several different species are involved. I live in Caloundra, Queensland. They also had big root systems for these pots i.e. I don’t know whether to risk another one or not. Hence my observation about plants needing adequate water till established. I love walking around my plants and observing every couple of days, especially when the sun is out. Jeff. Lee, Sydney, I have found they need to be kept moist but not wet to encourage the root stock to grow and establish, once established they usually fine on their own. The process of grafting is an age old technique that goes back thousands of years in Asia and Europe and can provide a variety of advantages to a plant grower. It’s a big country!! When you are trying to grow it the top growth will try to find this moisture through the plant it is grafted on. Perhaps it was too close to the trunk of the tree which has caused the burning. Bunches of colourful flowering gum blossom – delivered? Hi Jennifer – Angus is busy travelling overseas so I will give you some tips on managing your gum tree. We have a pink one in our garden that has been growing well and flowering nicely for years. Red Flowering Gum rarely reaches above 9 metres, and is considered a smaller tree. The root system was minimal. Very challenging but good horticultural information absolute necessity along with constant care in line with growing conditions. [Postscript – GardenDrum reader Jeff Howes in Sydney has kindly sent in a photo of his red-flowering marrii from Western Australia, Eucalyptus calophylla var ficifolia – see Jeff’s comments below about growing this as an alternative to a grafted form. My soil is loam sand, probably more sand than loam. Angus. A coarse mulch lets through enough oxygen and conserves some soil moisture. Jeff, Hi i am a novice tree gardener recently moved to taree area. But reading the above posts it does not look hopeful. It is very unlikely they will grow vigorously in northern coastal regions – unless they are provided with high levels of of maintenance and technical knowledge. I didn’t know anything about them. This Anzac weekend, we have removed it. In late spring or summer large clusters of scarlet to orange flowers appear, followed by big, urn-shaped, woody fruit. most of Australia!) I’ll also try some soluble native plant fertiliser to give it a bit more assistance. I am so excited, I feel like a child in a candy store. Suddenly over the last few days it has begun dying, the leaves are going dry and papery, the (scores of) flowers are shriveling…we have had a fair bit of steady rain, but no more than many other times in the last years. Potassium 0.7% Hi Jeff does that mean watering the leaves only sounds strange? So what have I learnt. How can I place a picture of Eucalyptus calophylla var Ficifolia, a WA marrii. Whatever you do, have at least one gum tree in your garden. Red flowering gum The process of grafting is an age old technique that goes back thousands of years in Asia and Europe and can provide a variety of advantages to a plant grower. Thanks, Hi, I have a 10 year old red flowing gum located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney which has become very spindly. In late spring or summer large clusters of scarlet to orange flowers appear, followed by big, urn-shaped, woody fruit. I also have growing, 2 plants that I raised from seeds of this plant, they both have different flower colours to the parent plant (as you would expect) and one is very showy with red flowers and gold tips on the stamens. I’m now very tempted to call it quits, one only surviving the term is 13 months old, and yet to bloom. All the best The gum trees are really amazing and very beautiful! C.ficifolia “ … This year it is completely covered with buds and is about to flower. I cored & top dressed the lawn then I dug a hole one meter deep & a good half meter around then filled with Native Mix from A.N.L. They can be multi-trunked but are often pruned early on and encouraged to grow a single trunk. Description: smaller than most grafted flowering gums, this gorgeous tree flowers all summer long with huge heads of bright orange blossom, followed by showy gum nuts, and a repeat flowering in autumn.
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