Houseplant of the Week: Dwarf Japanese Juniper

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You probably think of junipers as being outdoor plants, those trees and shrubs that grace your garden with their trailing blue-green needle-like foliage. And while you can plant Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper outside, they are also highly prized as a bonsai specimens that can be grown indoors.

Well known for their low-maintenance needs and slow growth rate, these plants will thrive inside as you get the light, water and temperature right.

Caring for Your Dwarf Japanese Juniper

  • Light: This is a plant that loves its sun, so make sure that you position your plant where it will receive full sun for at least part of the day.
  • Water: Getting the balance right for Dwarf Japanese Junipers involves making sure they get enough water without overwatering. Make sure they are in well-draining soil to avoid root rot. Saturate thoroughly and then allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
  • Humidity: Juniper bonsai like higher levels of humidity, so you can supplement your watering scheduled by misting the leaves every few days.
  • Temperature: This plant needs warmth as well as sunlight. Typically room temperature is ideal, but avoid placing your plant near a window or door when the temperatures drop.