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Juniper neglect help

Post  kbob on Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:53 pm

Hey everyone,

My friend just dropped me off a tree that a family member left him, knowing I know a few things about bonsai.
I was just wondering if anyone had tips on what to do with a tree that you have no care history for.

Seems like there's a few small branches that have died. But apart from that everything looks good.
i'm thinking a potential repot just to see the root status my be useful

Anhow, any tips are appreciated.




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Re: Juniper neglect help

Post  JimLewis on Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:34 pm

It is a juniper. The soil looks pretty bad and it should be repotted into a granular, fast-draining soil. Until then, however, water carefully. Let it get fairly dry between watering. The tree should always be outside.

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Re: Juniper neglect help

Post  Stan Kengai on Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:27 am

The top growth isn't great, but it doesn't look too bad either. I don't think you'll have a problem keeping it alive, unless there is some hidden infection or chronic pest problem. However, the odd, curly top growth could be the result of an insect problem, so I would quarantine this plant until you can be sure it isn't or resolve it. The pot seems severely undersized and soil too finely grained. I would repot it into a colander with some coarse soil for a couple years, only trimming back foliage runners. With some nursing and luck, you might have a nice specimen here.

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