The Floral Emblem Of Tasmania, Australia
In the past few weeks we have talked about the different floral emblems of Australia. Today, let’s talk about the floral emblem of Tasmania which is the Blue Gum or Eucalyptus globules. It was proclaimed as the floral Emblem of Australia last November 27, 1962. It was first seen by Jacques-Julien Houton de Labillardiere last 1799. It comes from the family of Myrtaceae which is very common in Australia. This is found in Tasmania specifically the on King and Flinders Islands in Bass Strait and in southern Victoria.
They can grow up to 6 to 15 cm long. It is covered with a blue-grey waxy bloom. This is also the reason why it is called as blue gum. It is protected in conservation areas like Maria Island National Park, Freycinet National Park, Tasman Arch Nature Reserve and St Mary’s Pass Nature Reserve. It is an evergreen tree which can grow in your garden. However, you would see them more in parks. Just make sure that it is not exposed in extreme frost. You can even propagate it from seeds. However, it may grow big.
How To Propagate Blue Gum From Seeds?
- You should put the sand in a plastic container. But before that, make sure that the sand is moist enough. Put the tree in the soil. Cover the plastic container then refrigerate. You should wait up to 3 weeks.
- Get a planting pot and add the soil and compost. When missing, add water by see to it that you will drain it properly.
- Get the seed from the sand which you have refrigerated and place it on top of the pot. Then, you can cover it with moist sand thinly.
- Because it needs moisture, you should, you should put it in a well lighted area with the right temperature. You should also moisten the surface of the sand.
- When you see the seed sprouts, you should transfer it to a place where it can be directed with full sunlight.
- Do not forget to frequently water the seedlings.
- You can transplant it when you see that there are leaves already.
The Benefits of Blue Gum
Did you know that aside from easy to propagate through the seeds, blue gum also has lots of benefits for mankind?
- It is used as fuelwood in Australia since it is widely spread. In fact, it serves as fuelwood not just in Australia but in different countries too. It can be used in different structures like fences or poles.
- Since it is a Eucalyptus, its leaves produce an essential oil. The oil has therapeutic effect. It also has a great smell. Aside from that, it is believed to have antimicrobial and biopesticide properties.
- It is also used as an herbal tea specifically its leaves.
- It attracts bees. Thus, it is the reason why bees can produce honey.