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How Often Do I Water My Juniper Bonsai?

Juniper trees are one of the most popular trees used for making bonsai. It is a small, evergreen tree with luscious greens. 

Like any plant, the most important part about owning a juniper Bonsai is watering it. How often your juniper bonsai requires watering depends on several factors, such as:

  • Size of the pot
  • Size of the tree
  • Soil-mixture 
  • Climate
  • Time of the year

The easiest way to determine how often you should water your Bonsai is by understanding some essential guidelines can help keep your plant healthy. As a rule of thumb, I lightly water my Juniper bonsai tree every week. I ensure there is good drainage, and that it’s not dormant or frosty.

How to Water Your Bonsai Tree?

It’s best to water your plant when the soil gets dry. Make sure to soak the entire root system. The best strategy is to keep watering until it runs out of the drainage holes.

You can water the bonsai from above using a watering can with the proper sized nozzle to prevent the soil from getting washed out. You can also use rain water because it doesn’t contain added chemicals, but if this is not available, then normal tap water is fine.

 

When to Water Your Bonsai Tree?

It doesn’t matter what time you water the plant, you can even do it at 3am in the morning. The essential thing to look for is if the soil looks dry, then water the plant immediately. be sure that the water wont freeze, and that there is adequate drainage, as soaking roots are in danger of getting root rot.

How Often Should I Water My Bonsai Plant?

How often you water your bonsai plant depends on various factors. With that in mind, here are the following guidelines on how often you should water your precious plant: 

Dry Soil

Avoid watering your plant if the soil is still wet. However, if the soil is dry, then grab a watering pan to quench your plant’s thirst.  An excellent strategy would be to use your index finger to check the soil at around one centimeter deep. 

It’s essential to monitor the soil, but once you get use to it, you will instantly know when the tree is craving for water.

Avoid Watering On A Blind Schedule

Before you start watering your tree on a scheduled routine, make sure you observe them on an individual basis until you get the hang of the plants requirements. Making a watering schedule for your juniper bonsai should be based on your environmental factors. Your bonsai soil will dry our way faster in Phoenix, AZ then it would in Seattle, WA.

Use The Proper Soil Mixture

The soil-mixture plays a significant role in how often your tree requires water. For the majority of the Bonsai trees, a mixture of   ¼ to ¼  to ½ t ratio of pumice, lava rock, and akadama respectively should be adequate. 

However, if you live in an extremely dry environment, it’s highly advisable to use more akadama in your bonsai soil mixture because it absorbs and holds more water, which is beneficial if you don’t have time to watch your trees regularly like a hawk and it’s hot.


Just Remember

Juniper Bonsai trees require water to live, like every other plant on earth. The goal is to prevent the juniper bonsai from dying, which can happen with both to much water, and not enough. It’s ok if the soil from dries out, but I always try and make sure that it never stays dry for longer than a week. You can tell how badly your plant needs water by noticing how long the surface of the soil has been dry. you should be able to tell by the way it feels and by the color of it. Dry soil tends to have a lighter color and rough texture. After the watering process, the soil changes to a  deep chocolate brown color and feels softer.

With the proper soil-mixture and attentive care, a Juniper bonsai tree can live and bring you joy and peace for over a hundreds years.

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