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!
- Place the juniper bonsai outdoors in a bright spot where it will get direct sunlight in the morning, but filtered shade during the hottest part of the day. Move the plant inside for the winter when the temperatures begin to drop consistently to freezing.
- Do major pruning for junipers in early- to midsummer during their largest annual growth surge. Remove at least one-half of the new growth and also prune later flushes. Pinch new growth back throughout the year to keep the plant from shading itself to death. Prune your juniper bonsai in the spring by pinching back new growth at the top of the tree that will ruin the desired shape of the plant. Pinch off needles growing against the trunk as well. Pruning specifics will vary based on the shape and style of tree that you want, and bonsai pruning can be difficult, so consult a professional if you are new to bonsai and are unsure how to proceed.
- Watering Ensure your foliage is in good health. watering only at morning, don’t keep them inside longer than 2-3 days, and always ensure you water! 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.