Care for Juniper Bonsai
by Fran Black
Growing bonsai trees is an ancient art that is becoming increasingly
more popular. Research shows that plants benefit our mood and attitude.
Introducing bonsai plants into your life will bring these benefits
along with reduce stress levels and enhance the ascetics of your
home environment. Because juniper bonsai trees are easy to grow,
they make great plants for beginners. Anyone can grow a bonsai tree
if they properly care for it. The following information will help
make your bonsai experience a positive one.
There are over 50 species of evergreen juniper trees. The needles
range in color from dark green to blue. The juniper increases in
beauty as it grows and is a great addition to any landscape. The
juniper is an outdoor plant. Fresh air and sunlight are essential
to its growth and health. Although it should not be exposed to extreme
freezing temperatures, it is a hardy plant, withstanding the coldness
of winter and thriving in most climates. Still, it should not be
exposed to extreme freezing temperatures and should be brought inside
during sub-zero temperatures. Indoors, it should not be placed near
heating vents or left without sun exposure. In winter, an unheated,
sunny, enclosed porch is an appropriate place for a juniper. If
left inside indefinitely, a juniper will lose its healthy appearance
and eventually die.
Plenty of fresh air and sun are the first elements to caring for
your bonsai. Soil and fertilizer are other important components.
Buy soil specifically formulated for bonsai trees. These mixtures
contain less fertilizer than the average potting soil, which is
designed to encourage maximum growth. The fertilizer should have
a high nitrogen content. Fertilize your bonsai every other week
during the growing season, spring until autumn. If your bonsai looks
unhealthy do not add more fertilizer, which is a common mistake
with beginners. Rather, an unhealthy bonsai is usually due to over-watering.
Re-pot your bonsai every two years until the plant is 10 years old.
After it is re-potted do not expose it to wind or direct sun for
The next important element for a healthy tree is water. The saying,
"if some is good, more is better" cannot be applied in reference
to watering your bonsai. Beginners have the tendency to over-water
their bonsai plants. Over-watering causes Bonsai roots to rot. You
should water your bonsai when the soil is nearly dry--but not completely
dried out. The soil should be dry about a half inch to an inch deep.
It should appear dry on top, but when you check the soil underneath
with a toothpick or your finger, you can still feel moisture. In
most conditions you will water every two to three days, but could
be as little as once a week or as often as every day, depending
on your climate. When it needs watering place it in a container
of water or your sink for about 5-10 minutes to saturate the roots.
Then let it drain. You can also top water. If top watering your
bonsai, water, and then wait a few minutes, and water again. You
will repeat this until your bonsai has received enough water.The
juniper can also be misted every couple of days to keep dust off
the needles and help in keeping humidity.
Plenty of fresh air, rich soil, and the right amount water are
the first items to consider when growing a juniper bonsai tree.
The basics are usually the most important in any skill or trade.
If you can control and regulate the basics, you will be well on
your way to growing a healthy bonsai plant. Those elements combined
with your care and attention will produce a beautiful plant that
will help your mood, attitude and stress levels for many years to
About the Author
Fran Black works in marketing at Bonsai Garden http://www.bonsai-garden.com
and Pilates Shop http://www.pilates-shop.net
leading portals for bonsai gardening and natural exercise.