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SHIMPAKU JUNIPER BONSAI TREE CARE SHEET

General Description:

The Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Tree from our wholesale nursery truly a one-of-a-kind bonsai that is native to only Japan and the islands immediately surrounding it. In nature, it is usually found growing near the ocean and displays a rope like foliage that is rich in color and texture. It produces a small berry that has a bluish hue and adds a nice contrast to the green foliage. To many bonsai masters, the Shimpaku Juniper is considered one of the best suited trees for the art of bonsai.

Lighting:

The Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Tree will grow best when kept outside and receives plenty of natural sunlight. During the summer when the light intense, the tree should be in a shady area at midday to keep the foliage from burning. We do not recommend that you keep this tree indoors, but if you do – read this first!

Watering:

Since the Shimpaku is a light loving plant, the chances are high that the soil will dry out very quickly, especially if you are in a warm area. Check the wetness of the soil each day by pressing lightly with your fingers to feel for moisture. You should let the soil become relatively dry in between watering, but don’t let it completely dry out! When you do water, thoroughly soak the soil. The tree will also benefit from the occasional misting which will raise humidity levels around the tree, clean the leaves, and also give the leaves a chance to absorb additional water.

Fertilizing:

We recommend that you fertilize your bonsai every 2 weeks during the growing season, which is from spring to fall. You should water thoroughly after each time you fertilize and do not fertilize within a month after you have repotted it. Fertilizing your Shimpaku will help replenish lost nutrients to keep it growing and healthy!

Trimming:

With the Shimpaku Juniper, it is best to remove foliage through pinching rather than using scissors, as cut needles will most likely turn brown. Remove new, unwanted growth simply by lightly pinching it away with your fingers. Removing new growth will encourage the development of the existing foliage. If you choose to wire your tree, you should start the wiring process in the fall so the branches can become used to their new positions during dormancy.

Repotting:

We recommend that you repot your tree every other year in the spring, just before growing season. You should remove about 1/3 of the root ball to allow room for new roots to grow. Remember that you should not fertilize for the next month after repotting, and be sure to water frequently to keep the healing root system healthy!

Potential Pests:

Unfortunately, spider mites tend to really like all junipers. They are tiny little specs that are hard to notice without thoroughly inspecting, so be sure that you check regularly for them. To remove them, you can use a mild pesticide bought at a local hardware store that specifically attacks spider mites. If you keep your tree in a well ventilated area in the sun, you will probably avoid any potential fungus problems. If the foliage begins to turn slightly yellow or brown and you don’t have spider mites, then you could be facing root rot due to soggy soil. Again, make sure that you follow proper watering practices and that the tree is in a proper location. Prevention is always the best solution! Now that you are finished, please be sure you check out our full selection of online bonsai trees for sale!

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