Juniperus (Juniper Bonsai)
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- Juniper has long been a popular ornamental garden plant for its four-season interest, ability to grow in most regions, and virtually carefree nature.
- With shapes ranging from ground-hugging juniper bushes just 6 inches high to towering juniper trees 130 feet tall, and colors from steely blue to shimmering gold, there’s a juniper that suits nearly every landscape need.
- Whether you want to cover a slope for erosion control or create a privacy hedge, there’s one that fits the bill.
- A member of the cypress family, there are some 50 to 60 species of these coniferous evergreens, which occur natively throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic region to tropical Africa.
- Here are some garden-worthy varieties suitable for urban lots and other common residential landscapes
- Tolerant of most soil types, junipers prefer slightly acidic, organically rich soil with good drainage, as roots can rot in standing water.
- Use normal organic fertilizer pellets or balls every month during the growth season or a liquid fertilizer each week.
- If strong growth is desired some higher nitrogen levels can be applied in spring.
- Place the tree outside, year-round, on a bright spot with lots of sunlight.
- The Juniper cannot live indoors.
- During the winter protect the tree once temperatures drop below -10 degrees C (14F).
- Some species change their foliage color during frosty periods to a purplish brown which is connected with their frost protection mechanism.
- In spring they will turn green again.
- Be careful not to water too much, as the juniper roots don't like soil wetness.
- Before you water, the soil should dry slightly. Misting the tree can be done regularly, especially after the tree has been repotted because it benefits from air humidity.