The most common bonsai choice in the US is the juniper bonsai tree. This bonsai is famous for having strong resistance in many conditions. For most people, this bonsai is also considered as traditional bonsai and refers to “juniper procumbent nana”.
The tree features a hardy, long-lasting and conditions tolerate. The branch intertwines to each other and the leaves are in a shape like a needle. The peaceful leaves canopy is one of the reasons of most bonsai lover to have at least one juniper bonsai tree in their collection.
Juniper bonsai tree Care
If you have the juniper bonsai tree in mind; here are some basic care guides for your reference in maintaining the bonsai’s beauty.
This bonsai can grow well in outdoor areas with full sun exposure. One thing you have to note that juniper bonsai tree cannot grow inside. If any sellers or retailers who tell you that the juniper bonsai tree can grow well indoor; well, do not take the words.
There is no juniper bonsai tree which can grow in the indoor atmosphere due to lack on humidity and insufficient sun exposure. During the winter, you can bury the bonsai in the ground and protect it from the cold air.
A dark and unheated garage is also not a bad option. During spring, autumn, and summer, you can place the juniper outside for full sun supply while once in a while mists the bonsai.
This juniper bonsai tree requires frequent watering. Once the soil dry, you should water it thoroughly but make sure not to over watering since it can make the roots easy to rot. To test the soil wetness, you can poke your finger into the soil; when the soil feels dry, then it needs water.
The top of the soil should be completely dry after watering, but the inside should always keep in moist condition. During winter or dormancy season, it requires a very little water supply. To maintain the moisture during the hot summer, you can mist the bonsai to avoid dehydration.
Every bonsai needs regular repotting to provide them with new soils and nutrition. The Juniper bonsai tree can be repotted in April or during warm and humid August. Do not prune or repot very early in years or during too hot days since it can affect the bonsai’s health.
Wiring is a method to keep the bonsai in shape. The juniper bonsai tree has quite a flexible branch that makes it easier to wire. The wiring schedule can be done any time in the years including during dormancy.
Bonsai should be regularly fertilized since it does not get enough nutrition supply due to small media. The fertilizer for juniper bonsai tree is the one which is high in nitrogen for spring to the middle of summer. For the rest of the summer through winter, you can give balanced fertilizer. For once in a while, you can fertilize the bonsai with acidic fertilizer for a variation.
The juniper bonsai tree or Japanese maple is indeed can be a great option for your bonsai collection as it considered as an evergreen plant.