Care Instructions Juniper Bonsai

Juniper Bonsai

This miniature tree is a lush green, low growing Juniper, and is the most popular plant used for bonsai. Your help is needed, however, to keep it alive. Please follow the instructions below carefully. Note especially the placement instructions.

Juniper Bonsai tree Placement:

Your bonsai may be grown either indoors or outdoors. Indoors, situate it where it will receive bright light with three or more hours of direct sunlight. If outdoors, place in light shade where it is protected from the wind. It is best to move the bonsai outside in the spring after minimum night temperatures exceed 40ºF and return it indoors in the fall before the first hard frost.

During winter months indoors, your bonsai will do best in a draft-free, bright, cool, humid room with night temperatures of 40º-55ºF and daytime temperature below 60ºF. Extra humidity may be provided by frequent misting or by setting the plant in a decorative tray filled with pebbles and water added to a level just below the bottom of the pot.


Watering:

A bonsai plant requires frequent watering. You should plan to water it every two to three days. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. Usually you can tell when it needs watering by the color and feel of the soil surface. The soil color lightens as it drys and the surface feels dry to the touch when it needs watering. After watering, the soil color is a deep chocolate brown.

To water, place the plant in a pan with 1" to 2" of water and soak for an hour or so until the soil looks and feels moist. If you are unable to water it for several days, you can enclose the pot in a plastic bag (the way we shipped it to you) immediately after watering. The bag acts as a greenhouse and will keep the soil moist for at least a week.

In some regions salts and minerals will build up on the surface, discoloring the soil. Either spray the soil surface with water, or submerge the entire pot in water to flush out the buildup.


Pruning:

A fundamental principle in developing dwarf trees is that the tree branches should be pruned to conform with the limited space available for root growth. Without pruning back the branches, the tree would grow too large to be supported by the confined root structure.

To prune, pinch out ends of new growth about once every six weeks while they are growing. In pinching and pruning you are trying to maintain the shape of the bonsai and to create more bushiness.


Root Pruning:

Every other Spring (March-May) your bonsai will need its roots pruned. Gently remove the plant from the pot, carefully remove some of the soil around the sides and bottom of the rootball. Cut off one-third of the roots all the way around and up from the bottom. Place fresh, porous soil in the pot (a houseplant soil mix is suitable) and replant the bonsai. After potting, mist the plant with water and soak it in a solution of water and Vitamin B-1 transplant shock treatment.


Insect Control:

Spray once a month with household plant insecticide. Bonsai are especially susceptible to mites. Even though you can't see them DO SPRAY since they multiply rapidly, sucking the juices out of the plant and eventually killing it.


Fertilizing:

The plant should be fertilized every six weeks between spring and mid-summer, using regular houseplant food at half strength.


Toxicity:

Plant material such as this product should not be eaten. While most plants are harmless, some contain toxins.