The juniper bonsai tree has always been the popular choice for beginner bonsai parents. This tree is one of the easiest bonsai species to take care of. It can withstand having dry soil for days as compared to other bonsai options. If you consider getting one for yourself, this article will help you understand this bonsai tree better and help you prepare to become a bonsai keeper. 

Facts About the Juniper Bonsai

The juniper tree is an evergreen plant that represents purification, power, and protection. It is a fast-growing tree that is also known as the Himalayan Juniper. More than 50 varieties of this plant exist worldwide, but the most common ones are the Needle juniper bonsai and the Chinese juniper bonsai. 

It is safe to say that this plant can thrive in nearly any weather condition. The juniper bonsai plant can be placed indoors or outdoors and can survive with a bit of light and humidity. But if you want the best placement for it, you can put it outdoors to get at least six hours of sunlight each day!

How to Take Care of It

On Watering: 

  • This plant can survive for a long time in dry soil, but when watering it, make sure that you pour it a huge amount of water, allowing it to deep drink. 
  • Make sure that you pour the water around the roots and not on them. Also, only spray on the branches and foliage once a week to remove its dust and pollen. 
  • Let the soil completely dry out before you water it the next time, which happens usually about every two weeks.

On Fertilizer Application: 

  • You have two options during its growing season. You can either use regular organic fertiliser pellets every month or liquid fertiliser every week. 
  • If you are using liquid fertiliser, make sure that the roots receive it.
  • During springtime to mid-summer, make sure to use fertilisers high in nitrogen.
  • Make sure to feed it with a high-acid fertiliser every two months during its growing phase. 
  • Avoid feeding the plant with fertiliser during the winter months. 

How to Prune and Repot

On Pruning

  • Feel free to prune the juniper tree any time during its growing season. 
  • You need to pinch the soft and young foliage and trim any older growth. 
  • Make sure to do this at least once or twice a year. Spring and summer are the best seasons to do this. Make sure to remove any blockage to allow the light to reach the lower branches. 

On Repotting

  • You need to repot this plant once in three to five years. 
  • The needle juniper bonsai is sensitive when it comes to repotting, so make sure to do it cautiously.
  • When moving it, make sure that at least two-thirds of the soil is still present in its roots. Completely exposing the roots could bring the plant harm. 
  • Do this during warm and humid weather or mid-spring. 
  • The second ideal time is late summer. 

Conclusion

For bonsai beginners, a juniper bonsai is an excellent plant to start with. It is a sturdy tree that can withstand any weather conditions and would need less care and attention. However, maintenance is still crucial for it to grow and thrive. 

It is considered the easiest bonsai to grow because of its versatility and strong resistance to sunlight. If you want a plant that you cannot kill easily, consider getting a juniper bonsai!

If you are looking for a juniper bonsai to take care of, you can get one from us at Bonsai Shop. Get our signature starter tree kit that includes a large five to seven-year-old juniper bonsai tree, a care guide, scissors, pebbles, soil, pot, and other tools so you can continue caring for it yourself! We deliver straight to your door. Check our other bonsai trees and tools for more options.