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Juniper Bonsai

They are evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs, which are very popular for Bonsai purposes. The juniper bonsai tree has long been recognized as one of the most popular trees for bonsai trees. Due the flexibility of the branches and growing characteristic, the Juniper bonsai tree is very easy to train and shape. Juniper Bonsai features the power and tranquility of Bonsai but in a smaller size. If space is a limitation, this juniper bonsai tree can add color and harmony while still possessing all the characteristics of its larger version.

The plant is approximately 8" to 9" high, 12" to 15" wide and 3" to  5" deep and averages approximately 3-4 years in age.

Care Hints:

Place the tree outside, year-round, on a bright spot with lots of sunlight. The Juniper cannot live indoors. 

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.

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

Pruning: To develop the foliage pads, long shoots which stick out of the silhouette can be pinched or cut at the base with sharp scissors throughout the growth season. Do not trim the juniper like a hedge because the removal of all growing tips will weaken the tree and the cut will turn the needles brown. When the foliage pads become too dense they must be thinned out with sharp scissors at the base. The Juniper Bonsai is generally a strong tree that also withstands aggressive pruning quite well. But it cannot bud again from bare tree parts, so take care that there is some foliage left on every branch you want to keep alive. Continue reading about pruning Bonsai trees.

Repot the Juniper Bonsai tree once every two years, very old trees at longer intervals, using a basic (or somewhat more draining) soil mixture. Don't prune the roots too aggressively.

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