Juniper sp.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Juniper sp.

Well known and one of the most popular - Juniper bonsai. It habituates in the northern hemisphere of the World. For growing a bonsai, it best suits species form South-Est of Europe and Asia.
Particular characteristic of the fruit is a common one for the whole Cypress group. The leaves happen to be of two type: pinnacle and very rigid or scale. Sometimes both of them appear to be present on the same bonsai. An interesting fact is that fruits of the Juniper are used to make the sort of alcohol called Jin. This tree likes a lot of sun rather than a watery environment.

Caring in vegetation period

Every king of Juniperus sp. is felling well under high-level sun radiation, but suffers being in a dark place(except heated seasons, when we talk about young plants).Juniper is very steady to most uncomfortable weather state and temperature, though when it is frosty weather you should guard its rhizome. Juniper does not attach to the group of plants which needs a lot of watering, so it is recommended not to water until the soil is fully dry. It is also not recommended to settle the plant in high humidity environment. Adding nutritive material best suits to a warm time of the year in a moderate way. You should not abuse using nutritions, when it is a favorabil season to browse.
In the end of winter it is the best time to trans-pot the Juniper and to prune (before the young runaway appears). Every 3 or 4 years, you should cut the rhizome to 1/3 of its true length, which makes a good plant invigoration of the existent rhizomes and appearance of new ones.

Styling the bonsai

The species which have pinnacle leaves, you should firstly completely remove the yellow ones, from the center of the crown, trying not to leave there a thing. The trees with green squamiform leaves should not have new runaways and the pruning is
good to be spent in spring and autumn.

Because of the low growth it is not a must to cut branches for changing the direction of the trunk, but it would be much more useful to wire, that could be done in autumn and un-wire not earlier than 7-8 months.
You could apply other, much harder techniques, thanks to a high flexibility and durability of its wood material. It is often used the technique of forming
the tree by attaching weights or cross-piece.

Illness and wreckers

The stables and leaves of these plants are rarely
exposed to insect, tick or woodlouse invasion in the specific power of the bark and leaves. But it can't be neglected the possibility of being infected with the fungus Coryneum cardinale, that slowly destroys the infected tree. The illness begins with discoloration of the leaves and appearance of some black spots on the surface of the trunk and branches, which provokes branches to become dry.

With the help of fungicide, especially sistematical, you could get rid of it. In this case you should necessarly remove dry branches, to eliminate the possibility of uncontrolable spreading of the fungus.


ellelove7 said...

Hi! I've been following your blog for a couple weeks and am a new Bonsai owner. I happen to own a Juniper. I got it at the beginning of May and it was beautiful and very green. I live in the dry part of Washington state, and in the last few weeks my bonsai has gotten very very dry, to the point where the leaves are starting to break off at barely a touch and I spray it everyday. I tried letting the soil get dry between waterings. I have also tried rotating between watering the soil and watering the reservoir, but nothing seems to get it back to that beautiful very green and moist plant. Any suggestions? Or is this normal?

Oleg Danu said...

ok, here is what is with Junipers. You should remember that the bonsai should always have good watering, but at the same time the water shouldn't remain in the pot, it should have a good drenage, so the water would get of the pot. Remember that Junipers does not like much watering, water it only when it is dry. The other point here is where did you get this bonsai? If you bought it in the shop, wait till late autumn and try to repot it and find information about the perfect soil combination for it. And one of the most important is that it should be outdoors. Maybe you should avoid direct sunlight.

ellelove7 said...

I live in Washington state (in a dry part) so I will definitely do my best to keep it in a shady outdoor spot.
The bonsai was bought from a street vendor at a farmer's market in May.
Thank you so much for your help! I will certainly try that!

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