About The Juniper Bonsai Tree
The Juniper Bonsai Tree is a genus of about 50 to 70 species within the cypress family. They are evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs which are very popular for Bonsai raising and development.
The foliage colors range from dark blue to light green and the foliage can either be scaley or much like needles. Scaley Junipers are usually associated with younger trees. The typical scale-like foliage appears later in the Bonsai’s life.
The berry-like cones are round or oval depending on the species and they need a year or two to ripen.
Juniper Bonsai Tree Care | Temperature And Lighting
The Juniper Bonsai Tree requires sunlight and the more the better. 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 plants to display inside on benchtops or tables.
Keep in mind that it’s not a good idea to keep them inside longer than 2-3 days making sure that they are well watered. Dead foliage should be removed from the Juniper Bonsai Tree promptly along with any dead foliage at the base of the tree. Dead foliage decays and can spread disease.
The plant can be kept indoors as long as it’s near a bright window. It does love fresh air so after the last frost of the season it will enjoy being outside in a spot where it will receive full sunlight. This encourages the leaves to remain small and compact. It can tolerate partial sunlight.
Watering And Fertilizing
You may think that it’s understood but the Juniper Bonsai Tree has very specific watering requirements. Approximately once a week, when the topsoil feels completely dry, you need to immerse the entire bonsai plant in a bucket or basin of water. Once the air bubbles have risen to the top, the bonsai has absorbed enough water.
Humidity is also an important consideration for the health of the bonsai. All ProFlowers bonsais come with humidity trays and bag of pebbles. The humidity tray is unwrapped by the recipient, covered with the provided pebbles, and then the pebbles are covered with a little water. This will increase the humidity level for the tree, in addition to protecting the desk or table surface on which it is placed.
Pruning And Common Sense
Shaping a Bonsai Tree is easy making it ideal for beginners. Established branches can be pruned from as early as spring to summer and new shoots can be pruned at you leisure. Near the end of the summer, cut back 1 or 2 pairs of leaves after 4 or 5 leaf pairs have developed.
Remove shoots that grow directly on the trunk. Also, remove branches that develop inside the crown. Keep in mind that the bark is sensitive and branches can break easily. If you choose to wire your plant, be sure to proceed very gently during the mid or late summer months. You can encourage the direction of plant growth by manipulating the location of light as it will reach out for light
Propagation And Repotting
Here comes the fun part. One of the greatest attractions of Juniper Bonsai Tree Care is the calming effect of simply trimming this miniature tree. The goal with pruning is to maintain the tree’s shape as it grows plus cleaning up the top growth to ensure healthy development for the rest of the plant.
Insects And Diseases
Proper soil needs to be addressed. Not just any soil will do. There are specific soils for your Juniper Bonsai Tree Care. The ideal soil is one that drains quickly but still manages to retain it’s water. The soil also needs to contain small particles to ensure proper aeration allowing oxygen to reach the roots.
There are specialty soils on the market designed specifically for Juniper Bonsai Tree Care, or you can mix your own . It is also imperative to add fertilizer to your soil during growth season typically early spring to mid fall.