Junipers are probably the easiest of the genus for the beginner. All
of the species will make good bonsai, but particularly Chinensis (illustrated) Pfitzerania
and its sub species, and for a somewhat 'spikier' tree Squamata.
|Many Junipers produce two types of foliage, the normal adult foliage, which is close and compact and the juvenile or 'oxycedrus' growth. Both types can occur on the same tree, indeed on the same branch. Juvenile foliage is often seen as a result of hard pruning. or heavy feeding and will soon dissapear.||
Normal and Oxycedrus growth (From the same tree)
They will benifit from a grittier compost than you might otherwise use.
A Juniper on Rock
Pruning is carried out throughout the growing season, with the foliage 'plucked' off, rather than cut, as this will cause any damage to the needles, and spoil the looks of the tree. Conifer tips should be plucked out between the ball of the thumb and the first finger, not pinched off.
Nor should uoy use scissors as they will cause the same problems.
|Mature Junipers will produce Berries. Leaving them on the tree will do no real harm, but the choice to remove them is yours.|
All junipers benifit from as much sunlight as you can give them, providing they are well watered. Sunlight gives them a better colour and keeps the foliage compact.
© Allen. C. Roffey May 26, 2018 23:15