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Post  daniel269 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:52 pm

Hi all,

For some reason my juniper is drying. I live in south Florida; I have had it for almost a month now and it looks like is drying out, and it is not as green as it used to be. In fact some parts are getting yellowish. Can it be too much sun? needs more water? the soil doesn't look too dry. I touched it already. I water it every 4 days or 6 days. Usually at nights or very early in the morning. I don't see anything bad growing in the soil there are not fungus or any mites. What can it be?

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Post  Stan Kengai on Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:57 pm

Is it the foliage on the inside of the plant that is changing color, or the foliage on the outside as well? A picture would be helpful. If it's the exterior foliage, your plant is most likely dead. But since you've only had it about a month, odds are that the plant was already dead/dying when you bought it.

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Post  Twisted Trees on Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:52 pm

daniel269 wrote:Hi all,

For some reason my juniper is drying. I live in south Florida; I have had it for almost a month now and it looks like is drying out, and it is not as green as it used to be. In fact some parts are getting yellowish. Can it be too much sun? needs more water? the soil doesn't look too dry. I touched it already. I water it every 4 days or 6 days. Usually at nights or very early in the morning. I don't see anything bad growing in the soil there are not fungus or any mites. What can it be?

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What kind of juniper, how big and where did you buy it?

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Post  daniel269 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:06 pm

I bought it in Home depot is was really cheap I guess that's what I get for buying something that cheap. I transplanted the juniper to round base after a few days of purchase. Is a 25 to 30 inch juniper dwarf Shrub. The yellowish parts are the pointy parts like almost towards the end. but also in other lower parts of the foliage.

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Post  Twisted Trees on Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:03 pm

daniel269 wrote:I bought it in Home depot is was really cheap I guess that's what I get for buying something that cheap. I transplanted the juniper to round base after a few days of purchase. Is a 25 to 30 inch juniper dwarf Shrub. The yellowish parts are the pointy parts like almost towards the end. but also in other lower parts of the foliage.
More than likely dead when you bought it but maybe... Wait until spring, you'll know for sure by then. Keep the pot and buy a garden juniper in a nursery pot, trim the heck out of it and plant it in your pot. Watch it grow. Enjoy.

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Post  daniel269 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:19 pm

I think I know what happened I got the tree inside for almost a week to be use as part of decoration. I was suppose to take the tree out sooner but I kept on forgetting, and I guess It got used to being inside, so When I put the juniper outside it dried in a few days. Big mistake on my side, but I Learned my lesson; I still hopes it survives I put it back inside but is really close to my porch so it gets direct sun light in the afternoons the temperature is almost the same since the window doors are open most of the day.

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Post  john jones on Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:54 am

daniel269 wrote:I think I know what happened I got the tree inside for almost a week to be use as part of decoration. I was suppose to take the tree out sooner but I kept on forgetting, and I guess It got used to being inside, so When I put the juniper outside it dried in a few days. Big mistake on my side, but I Learned my lesson; I still hopes it survives I put it back inside but is really close to my porch so it gets direct sun light in the afternoons the temperature is almost the same since the window doors are open most of the day.
If your juniper wasn't dead before, I'm sure it will be after what you propose to do. Junipers belong outside all the time. Put it someplace where it will get morning sun, and partial shade from the hot afternoon sun until it recovers or croaks.

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Post  daniel269 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:42 pm

I really don't have a place but I can wake up early and put it outside during the mornings and then back to its spot. will that work? I feel like constant movement could also kill it or is just myth?

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Post  john jones on Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:15 pm

daniel269 wrote:I really don't have a place but I can wake up early and put it outside during the mornings and then  back to its spot. will that work? I feel like constant movement could also kill it or is just myth?
Constant movement will kill it? I never heard that before.

I've never live in Miami. I'm going by my experience in Tennessee and Iowa, and from what I read. The most common question I have personally seen is why someone's juniper died. It's almost always because they didn't keep it outside all the time.

Usually by the time they start showing signs of major stress, they've been dead for a long time.

I've only been doing this about a dozen years so I'm a novice, but I can't recall the number of dead conifers due to people trying to raise them indoors.

A Golden Gate ficus is a good tree for beginners like me. I have two of them. They are thriving indoors even here in Iowa's long, cold winters.

Just my opinion.


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