How to care for Juniper Bonsai Trees || Best Tips

Juniper Bonsai Tree

Juniper Bonsai is a low-growing evergreen shrub or a kind of small tree that contains berry-like cones. Many of those have aromatic foliage or cones. Juniper is looking like ornamental trees for their lush greenery and small, firm, silvery blueberries which are adaptable to several creative forms of bonsai bark manipulation.

Botanical Name      Juniperus Bonsai
Common Name     Juniper Bonsai
Plant Type     Evergreen tree or shrub
Mature Size     60 – 80 inches (or as desired)
Sun Exposure     Full sun
Soil Type     Well-draining, bonsai soil
Soil pH     5.5 – 6.5
Bloom Time     Spring
Flower Color     Blue, berry-like
Native Area     Europe, Asia, North America


Growing of Juniper Bonsai

There are mainly two kinds of juniper trees – trees with needle-like foliage (Including common Juniper, Japanese needle juniper, green mound juniper) and trees with scale-like foliage (Including Chinese Juniper Bonsai and California Juniper). Selecting the type of juniper bonsai you can find out the ways to care for it and grow up it properly.

It is easy to grow up a Juniper Bonsai tree and take care of it, as these plants are well-suited to normal techniques for growing and caring for bonsai trees inside or outside your home.

Juniper trees can also be easily shaped. The wiring process works well for the shaping of Juniper Bonsai trees. But you should be much careful when applying this process. Wrapping wire around the branches of the small tree in order to suppress and adjust to get the desired shape. The Winter season is the best time for wiring/wrapping Juniper Bonsai trees. After getting the desired shape you should remove the wire carefully and spray some water using a spray throughout the plant

Take care for Juniper Bonsai Trees:


Juniper bonsai trees need direct sunlight for the majority of the day. And for this, these plants are best-suited to growing outdoors or on balconies where direct sunlight is available.


Juniper Bonsai Trees require moist soil and for this, it needs watering on a regular basis to keep the soil moist. And it also needs to create a proper draining system to drain the water, otherwise, the plant may face harm for submerging in water. You should not allow the soil to dry out completely as the plant requires moisture and ensuring the drainage system water deeply in the soil.

Temperature and Humidity:

Juniper Bonsai trees can’t be grown at indoor temperatures and they need direct sunlight to get enough temperature. These kinds of bonsai are strong enough to prevent temperatures as low as 6 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit without any given protection.


Juniper Bonsai need regular feeding and also need proper fertilization. You should use slow-release organic fertilizer with 30 days gap during its growing season or liquid fertilizer every 7 days period. For growing your plants rampantly you can use nitrogen contained fertilizer in the spring season.

Insect Control:

You should spray insecticide once every 30 days period to remove insects. Insects attack the plant, sucking out the juices from it and consistently killing the bonsai.

Varieties of Juniper for Bonsai

The Juniperus genus contains near 100 species of tree plants and low-lying shrubs. The most popular of those are:

Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens nana)

Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis)

Common juniper (Juniperus communis)

California juniper (Juniperus californica)

Japanese needle juniper (Juniperus ridiga)


In pruning, you are trying to maintain the shape of the bonsai. This process ensures limited space to spread the branches of the plant. Pruning is recommended rather than cutting because cutting may cause the surrounding needles to die off. And the best time for pruning is during the active growing period in early spring and summer. Juniper can prevent aggressive pruning but can’t bloom again from any parts of the plant.

Potting and Repotting

You need not repotted juniper bonsai trees very often. Young trees can be repotted in two years period at most that mean you can repot your plant after two years of this plant’s previous potting and for old juniper bonsai this time is 5 years.


Juniper bonsai potting

At least for one month after repotting you should not use fertilizer, using fertilizer at this time may cause shocking the roots. Another reason of shocking roots is heavy root pruning, so you should avoid it at the time of repotting.


Juniper Bonsai trees can be used as ornamental trees in-home or offices to beautify your house or office. These kinds of trees can also be used as an occasional gift like mother’s day gift, anniversary gift. One can use Juniper Bonsai trees as a Centerpiece for any desktop table, bedroom, balcony plant, or any outdoor decoration.

How can you buy this product:

You can buy this product from nurseries near to you or from amazon. You can also ask your friend to give you a cutting of his plant.

Contents with this product:

Bonsai, Decorative Container (Assorted Colors & Styles), Deco Rocks, Soil, Care Instructions, Humidity Tray.

Age: Approximately 5 years.

Size: 8 to 12 inches long and 8-inch container.


  1. Can you keep Juniper Bonsai indoors?

Juniper Bonsai trees are best-suited in outdoors because of direct sunlight. But If you want to keep this plant indoors you have to ensure necessary conditions which are required by Juniper trees like providing proper temperature, humidity level, and adequate light.

  1. Is Juniper good for bonsai?

Juniper is a very famous plant as bonsai because the bonsai shape can be obtained easily in Juniper trees by applying easy bonsai care techniques. You need not give much effort to shaping Juniper as a bonsai tree.

  1. How long do Juniper Bonsai trees live?

Some Juniper bonsai trees live for approximately 100 years. It depends on the care and maintenance, positioning of the plant. Some bonsai trees have also lived for more than 1000 years but it is rare.

  1. Common diseases of Juniper bonsai

Phomopsis and kabatina tip blights are the most popular diseases of Juniper bonsai. Fungal tip blights, salt injury can also cause damage to juniper bonsai trees. These damages and diseases cause junipers to turn brown.

  1. Can Juniper take too much sun?

Much sunlight for a long time can cause harm to juniper bonsai trees. Extreme sunlight or temperature can cause the burning of needles and the foliage of the plant can die.

  1. How can I protect my bonsai in winter?

You can cover your plant with a fence around it and also in the top side or doing something similar you can protect your juniper bonsai trees in winter. You can also protect them by planting them in the garden after taking them out from the pot.

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