- Age Range: 8-10 Years Old
- Height: 10-12 ”
- Pot: 7” Diameter, handmade by Julie Byun in Portland, OR
- Classification: Conifer Evergreen
- Level: Beginner
- Juniper bonsai prefers soil that is kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the topsoil feels slightly dry.
- Ensure that the water reaches all parts of the root system. Water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot.
- Junipers thrive in full sun. Place your bonsai where it can receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
- If you are keeping the juniper indoors, place it near a south-facing window to maximize sunlight exposure.
- During the growing season (spring to early autumn), feed your juniper bonsai with a balanced, liquid fertilizer every two to four weeks.
- Reduce or stop fertilizing during the winter when the tree is dormant.
- Junipers are hardy, but extreme cold can be challenging. Protect your bonsai from severe winter conditions by placing it in a sheltered location or using a cold frame.
- Water sparingly in winter, as the tree's water requirements are lower during dormancy.
Pest and Disease Control:
- Keep an eye out for pests such as spider mites, aphids, and scale insects. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
- Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues.
- Regular pruning is essential to maintain the bonsai's shape and promote a dense, compact structure.
- Use sharp, clean pruning shears to trim unwanted growth. Be mindful of the overall design and balance of the tree.
- Wiring can be used to shape the branches and trunk. However, be cautious not to wire too tightly, as junipers have a slower response to wiring compared to some other bonsai species.
- Monitor the tree regularly to prevent wires from cutting into the branches.