Did you know that one of the most popular Bonsai trees available is the Juniper Bonsai Tree?
Native to Middle East, Asia, India, Europe, North America, and South America, Juniper Bonsai is the member of Cypress family and have about 170 species. They belong to the category of hardy plants and can also be found in a variety of temperatures, except for the places with extreme cold and heat.
Juniper Bonsai comes in a diverse variety of shapes, and its leaves vary, from yellow to green, dark green, and even some light blue-green as well. Moreover, there is a wide variety of Juniper Bonsai that can be divided into four categories:
- Dwarf Juniper: Grows up to 4’
- Small Juniper: Small Junipers Bonsai grows up to 6 feet.
- Ground Cover Juniper: These Junipers Bonsai grow up to 1 ½ tall and are best for gardens, ground cover, border edging, and more.
- Large Juniper: Large Junipers Bonsai grow up to 25 feet.
How To Grow Juniper Bonsai?
Juniper Bonsai is easy to grow and a low maintenance plant.
To grow Juniper Bonsai, dig a hole twice as the size of the root ball. Mix some rich compost and then remove the rooted plant from the container. Set the plants in a hole and spread the outer roots a little. Tamp down the soil, fill in the hole, and water 2-3 times for a couple of weeks.
Keep the weeds down and add the additional fertilizer if the overall quality of the soil is poor. Moreover, you should grow your Juniper Bonsai in a location where it can receive more than 4 hours of sunlight every day. This plant can also withstand both drought and dry soil conditions.
However, you need to remember that growing Juniper Bonsai in containers will retard their growth. They grow much better in the regular garden soil.
But in case, if you grow them in pots, the plant under the age of 10 years should be repotted every two years. Those plants over the age of 10 years should be re-potted every four years.
When To Grow Juniper Bonsai?
The best time to sow the Juniper Bonsai seeds is autumn. Whenever you sow a seed in autumn, the seedling has full summers to grow once it starts to germinate in early spring.
The Juniper Bonsai Trees are easiest to care for, and also serve as an excellent choice for the one who is new to the world of Juniper Bonsai. Moreover, with the just right amount of humidity, light, and water, this plant can thrive in any conditions.
Care Guidelines For Juniper Bonsai
Care of Juniper Bonsai might seem difficult at first, but here are few guidelines that will help you to take care of Juniper Bonsai with ease.
Position: Place the tree outside around the year and on a bright spot where it can get lots of sunlight.
Soil Requirements: You can use a commercially prepared soil for Juniper Bonsai. You can also use your own soil or use a suitable potting mix that has equal parts of sand, clay, perlite and ground pine bark.
To improve the soil drainage, you can mix stones, rocks, and other large particles in the soil.
Watering: The Juniper Bonsai roots don’t prefer soil wetness so be careful that you don’t water this plant much. However, you need to mist the tree regularly, especially after the tree has been repotted.
Wiring: Junipers should be heavily wired when they are young. They look their best with the twisted shapes, but you should wrap them for extra protection.
Pruning: Pruning a plant means to trim the ground parts, but with a Juniper Bonsai plant, you also need to prune its roots as well. And pruning should be done regularly to maintain the shape and health of the plant.
You can also wire them to shape them in the desired pattern.
For Propagation: Use its seeds and cuttings.
Apart from following the above guidelines, look for the mites and pests on your plant. If you spot any of them, rinse the foliage with warm water or spray a mild insecticide for three weeks.
Moreover, it is important that you don’t let the foliage pads get dense as pests settle more easily on wet plants.