Bonsai Gardening Secrets

Juniper Bonsai Care

Copyright © 2004
by Erik A. Olsen
Excerpted from Bonsai Gardening Secrets®
This particular conifer is hardy but produces no flowers. However, they are easy to grown, prune, and train, making them a good choice for Bonsai. Because Juniper is responsive, many beginner Bonsai growers will be encouraged with this choice.

Generally, Juniper has long branches that can be trained into amazing styles, with the exception of the Broom. They do well with wiring and reshaping although some cultivars are stiff and more difficult to work with. Additionally, Juniper is very hardy and can be grown indoors or outdoors.


· Pruning should be performed in the spring or fall, never in the summer months
· Maintenance pruning should however be done throughout the year with young shoots being pinched back


· Because Juniper has prickly needles, you will want to use gloves. These needles can also cause a reason in some people that appears as a red, itchy rash.


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