Growing a juniper bonsai tree requires careful care and maintenance. You need to place it in a location with plenty of sunlight, water and fertilize it regularly, prune it and repot it when necessary. You need fertilizer, a pot, potting soil and pruning scissors.
- Place the plan in suitable locations
Make sure the juniper bonsai receives plenty of sunlight. Place it outside in the sun during the morning, then move it to a location with shade during the afternoon. Keep the plant outside as often as possible during the summer as long as the temperature is higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Once outside temperatures start to drop, move the bonsai inside. Place it in a room with a temperature between 25 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that the air in the room circulates.
- Water the plant
Poke your finger into the soil to determine the moisture level of the plant. Never allow the soil to dry out completely, although the top layer should be dry. Use a spray bottle to mist the plant with water, or place the tree in a container of water for up to 10 minutes.
- Fertilize the plant
Fertilize the plant every two weeks during the spring and summer using a balanced or organic fertilizer. Reduce the fertilization during the late summer. Never fertilize during the winter.
- Prune the tree
Prune away new growth on the tree to keep it to its desired shape.
- Repot the tree
Repot the tree every two to five years depending on how old the plant is. Repot a younger plant every two years until it is five years old. After that, repot it only every three to five years.