Eucalyptus farms review
The Eucalyptus tree provides several vital ecological services such as biomass, habitat for wildlife, carbon sequestration, watershed protection, and recreational and aesthetic value. Despite these benefits, some researchers have documented the negative ecological attributes of eucalyptus plantations . Eucalyptus can disrupt natural ecosystems by depleting soil nutrients, suppressing undergrowth and displacing other plants, affecting biodiversity and reducing the provision of essential ecosystem services.
Eucalyptus plants require a well-drained soil to grow optimally and provide a high yield of wood. They are also susceptible to drought, frost, and disease. Therefore, a well-planned eucalyptus farm should be located in an area with sufficient rainfall and an altitude range of between 10 and 2200 m above sea level. The planting site should also be free from landslides, floods, and wind erosion.
In addition, a eucalyptus plantation requires the use of fertilizers and pesticides. These inputs are expensive and must be purchased on a regular basis. However, if properly used they can increase the harvest and yield of the trees.
Currently, a mature eucalyptus tree sells for $100. This is expected to double to $200 within ten years. This is an excellent return on investment for farmers who want to earn a steady income over the long term.
Hilary has a BSc (Hons) in Horticulture from Bath University and spent three summers working at Long Ashton Research Station (Specific Apple Replant Disease Trial), Showerings Allied Lyons (set up and ran the Fireblight trials in perry and cider orchards) and National Fruit Trials Brogdale (tissue culture, soft fruit shelf-life trials). She runs her own nursery growing Hardy-Eucalyptus.