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Browning branches and leaves?

Post  Kittysafe on Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:16 am

My little Juniper has some browning, amidst the branches and leaves and I'm wondering what I should do for the lil fella.
Is this something to worry about or something I can do for it, thanks in advance!



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Re: Browning branches and leaves?

Post  marcus watts on Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:41 am

hi,
this is normal. After the junipers put on new outer growth the older inner needles dry and drop off - sometimes they go yellow first, sometimes just brown. Over here we call it 'summer drop'. The more you let the outer branches grow unpruned the more inner needles drop off - it is how a juniper gets bare inner branches if left alone. The summer drop can be minimised by correctly thinning the outer foliage regularly so light gets in and keeps some life in the inner shoots too.

I'd clean off inner needles to expose the bare sections - the stubborn spiky needles often need tweezers - and while keeping the outer growth pruned correctly you will get new inner buds form where the old needles were. eventually you will cut back longer branches to these inner shoots if you want to keep the tree compact.

cheers Marcus

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Re: Browning branches and leaves?

Post  Curtis on Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:56 am

That tree looks pretty healthy to me thumbs up

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