Eucalyptus: Why Do the Tops Shrivel?
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Written by: Jessica Reeves
When it comes to wedding flowers, eucalyptus is a popular choice for brides and grooms. This versatile plant can be used in a variety of ways, from table arrangements to boutonnieres and comes in several varieties!
Eucalyptus is a great choice for weddings because of its versatility and hardiness! In this blog we'll explore the different ways eucalyptus can be used in your wedding as well as the best tips and tricks to keeping it looking beautiful for your big day!
DIY Brides love Gunni Eucalyptus for it's smaller, sage colored leaves. Gunni comes in fairly large bunch sizes and each stem has multiple sprigs to work with. Very hardy and easy to work with! Gunni Eucalyptus works especially well in boutonnieres and corsages!. It's smaller sized leaves offer that beautiful sage/silver colored foliage without overwhelming smaller scaled flowers!
DIY Brides love Seeded Eucalyptus for it's sage leaves and textured seeds! It's perfect for any type of floral arrangement. Very hardy and easy to work with! Due to the seeds, Seeded Eucalyptus has a heavier drape than other varieties. This makes it great to use in bouquets and arch arrangements. Also, consider mixing it with other loose greeneries for table decor to create a full and dimensional look!
Nothing says “I’m a chic bride” like the bloomless bounty of baby eucalyptus. DIY brides love this baby blue eucalyptus for so many reasons! Its fresh scent, shape, and movement make it a wonderful choice for greenery. With our fresh baby eucalyptus greenery by the bunch, let your creative juices flow to create an adorable centerpiece, runner, or bridal crown — or anything your Moxie Bride heart desires.
Pro Tip: Baby Eucalyptus is the sappiest of the eucalyptus family (and I don't mean sentimental reasons). Baby Eucalyptus can be sticky to work with when removing unwanted leaves. Best to use gloves or a Rose stripper when de-foliaging the stems!
Why Do the Tips of Eucalyptus Shrivel Up?
Eucalyptus is a popular choice for wedding flowers because of its striking silver-green color and unique, waxy texture. Its delicate appearance adds a romantic touch to any bridal bouquet or table setting. However, eucalyptus can be sometimes come in with the tips of the leaves looking shriveled and wilty. Here's why:
You've just started unpacking your flowers and greenery for your wedding and you are JAZZED!!!! (same gurl). But as you unpack your bunches of eucalyptus you notice that the tips of the greens are black-ish and wilted and you have a WTF moment- what am I supposed to do??? Fear not! we wouldn't do you dirty and send you subpar eucalyptus! What's happened is that the new growth that's right at the tip of the eucalyptus stem has become damaged. Not gonna lie.... this happens a lot. The reason is that the new growth of the plant is the most fragile and delicate and is therefore the most susceptible to damage. It's kinda like the new-born baby of the plant.
The easiest way to take care of this issue is pretty simple....just take your flowers shears and snip the wilted tip off of the stem! Voila! You're left with the remaining beautiful stem that can be used in all of your designs!
Whether you're wedding vibe is boho or classic- Eucalyptus is the perfect greenery to accent your flowers!
Eucalyptus comes in many varieties, each with its own unique qualities. The most popular types of eucalyptus for weddings are gunni, silver dollar, seeded and baby eucalyptus. Let's talk about why!
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About the Author
Jessica has a BFA in Art Education/Printmaking and her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in Non-Toxic printmaking. She brings 10 years of floral experience to her roles at Flower Moxie, having worked in Boston, NYC, and Newport, RI. We still don't know if she's a real person or a hologram but work keeps getting done.