Juniper Bonsai Care Information. Junipers are easy to grow!
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Lets start with a little general Juniper information…..
Junipers are the face of Bonsai, and are currently one of the most sought after species in Europe and North America.. They are easy to train, easy to care for and have an authentic oriental appearance. In Chinese and Japanese folklore, Junipers are symbols of longevity, which is reflected by their characteristics!
Junipers are rugged and hardy trees and make fascinating specimens. They grow quickly and give inexperienced Bonsai artists a great insight into the Bonsai world.
Juniper Bonsai Care is perhaps the less complex, and due to the hardiness of the trees, you can afford a few forgetful mistakes along the way. This explains why Junipers, namely the Chinese Juniper and Sargent's Juniper, are the perfect trees for beginners!
The best Juniper Bonsai care conditions need to incorporate a regular watering schedule and good soil conditions.When grown well, Junipers will accelerate upwards and outwards and can become bushy and overgrown. Conversely, if conditions are poor, Junipers will die.
A proud Chinese Juniper
Juniper Bonsai Care
Before reading on, have a look at our 'Care' and 'How To' sections for extensive information on Bonsai care techniques.
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Juniper Bonsai care is much like caring for a normal plant. They do require regular watering and will die without.
Remember the 3 main rules of Bonsai? 1. Water 2. Water 3. Water!
• Junipers require sunlight. They are generally an outdoor plant but can handle periods of time indoors. They adapt well to shady areas and in fact need it during hot periods of direct sunlight. This makes Junipers excellent subjects to display inside on benchtops or tables. Mostly though, don't keep them inside longer than 2-3 days, and always ensure you water!
• Water daily
• Ensure your foliage is in good health. Dead foliage should be removed from the tree promptly, along with any dead foliage at the base of the tree (any foliage that has dropped into the pot). Dead foliage decays and can spread disease. Also, if you have more than 1 tree, keep them separated to limit the spread of disease.
• Vigilantly prune your Juniper. As we said earlier an unpruned Juniper will grow upwards and outwards. You will be left with a 'bush', and a very unattractive one at that. Click here for pruning information, or read below for specific Juniper pruning
• Fertilise and feed through spring.
• When caring for you Juniper, ensure vigilant root checks. Infections can occur when growing conditions deteriorate and the roots will never tell a lie! This is a great way to check the health of the tree and thus, your soil
A 2 year old Juniper in training
Juniper Bonsai care - Pruning
A bushy Juniper in need of pruning
There is no golden rule in Juniper pruning. There are certain style tips to bear in mind, but mostly you will shape your Bonsai how you want it to look!
• Firstly, if your Juniper is overgrown and bushy, you will need long handle twig shears to cut through the dense mass. Start from the bottom and work up to the crown.
• Your normal season for pruning and shaping your Bonsai will be during winter, from mid-late season.
• Thin out the foliage along the branch pads. The foliage will have sprouted from 'pads' and it is your job to cut them back. Imagine a person in need of a haircut. The hairdresser has to cut back the density and only then can they start to shape and style
• When the outer layer of dense foliage has been cut back, you can switch to pinching
• Pinch off remaining areas of density and ensure you have achieved a sense of symmetry. A Juniper should have balanced amounts of foliage from top to bottom. Every viewing angle should exhibit symmetry in density. At the base of the tree the trunk should be exposed without foliage obstructing the view
• When you are happy with your tree's haircut you will probably notice it's branches are looking limp and lifeless. The weight of the foliage has probably weighed them down! This is where wiring comes in….. Click here to read an article on how to wire!
• Wire the branches uniformly so they stand out straighter, not limp and wilting. The wire will stay on throughout the growing season and turn your tree's frown upside down! Just watch that you don't wire too tight. As the branches grow the wire can eat into the branch leaving unsightly cuts!
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