Juniper Shrubs Die If You Don’t Water Them Enough!

The following are some facts about growing junipers:

1) Junipers require lots of water.

They don’t like it if they get too dry or wet. So, make sure you give them enough water.

2) Junipers will die if you don’t provide enough moisture.

That is why it is very important to keep your plants watered at all times when not in use.

3) Junipers grow best with a light rainfall.

But, you must never let the soil become completely dry. Even if you have no rain for several days, they will still survive and thrive.

4) When watering your juniper plant, always make sure to cover it completely so that any excess water doesn’t run off into nearby areas.

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(If you don’t want to do this, then simply leave the door open. Junipers love to come out!)

5) Make sure that you don’t over water your juniper plants.

Too much water can cause them to rot and even kill them.

6) Junipers prefer a cool, moist environment.

A temperature range between 65°F – 75°F is ideal for most species of juniper. However, if your climate isn’t quite right for these temperatures, then just try to keep the room around the plant warm (around 70°F).

7) If you want to avoid watering your junipers too much, try to keep them outside.

(But, if it gets too hot or dry where you live for long periods of time in the summer, then try moving them into an air-conditioned room during those hot months.)

8) It takes a bit of maintenance to keep a juniper indoors.

However, they still require less care than most other plants.

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9) Junipers can also survive in a wide range of temperatures.

However, they prefer to be kept at more moderate temperatures between 65°F – 75°F.

10) It is best to keep your junipers away from extreme heat or cold if possible.

11) The soil should be kept damp all the time. But, not wet. You can check if the soil is damp enough by taking a handful of it and squeezing it into a ball. If, after you do this, the soil falls apart, then the soil is still too dry. If it stays in a ball, then the soil is too wet.

You want the soil to be like a squeezed out sponge – not too wet and not too dry.

12) The ideal soil for growing junipers is one that contains equal parts of sand, peat, humus, and chalk.

13) If you want your junipers to have a deeper blue color to them, then you should apply a solution containing copper (such as cupric sulfate). This will help give your plant that deep blue color. However, this will also cause the needles to turn a sickly yellow color over time (so apply every two weeks).

14) It is best to keep junipers in small groups or clusters. They look best this way. However, they also do just fine when grown on their own.

15) If you want your junipers to stay small, then just cut off any new growth that appears on the tips of the branches. Keep doing this and it will ensure that the plant stays small.

16) It is possible to take a cutting from your juniper plant. After placing the cutting in a glass of water, you should put it in a sunny area. Keep changing the water every few days. Soon, it should start to grow roots. Then, you can plant it in soil.

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17) It is also possible to divide your junipers (if you have multiple ones at home). This is simply done by carefully digging around the base of the plant. Try to be as careful as you can when doing this. Then, gently lift it out of the ground. After that, dig around the root base and pull it apart (just like you would a potted plant).

After this, replant each section in their own pots or in new areas of your yard.

18) You have to be careful when pruning your juniper plant. Always remember to never cut off more than a third of any branch. Cutting off more than this can cause the plant’s growth to be stunted. If this does happen, then the plant will no longer produce berries or needles.

19) It is best to keep junipers out of direct sunlight. However, if you must keep them in the sun, then try to give them as much shade as you can.

20) You can tell when a juniper is about to bloom by noticing a bluish color that will appear on new growth. This usually happens in late spring.

21) After your junipers have bloomed, it should start to produce berries within the next week or two. Keep an eye on these berries and pick them when they are still green (but before they become yellow). This is so you get the most nutrition out of the plant.

22) After you pick the berries, you can dry them. Simply take sheets of paper and lay them out on a table or counter. Then, carefully place the berries on top of the paper. Leave them out in a dark area for about a week or more (until all of them have turned brown and crispy). After this, you can place them in jars and use them throughout the year.

You can also cook or bake with them (they make a good jelly).

Easy to Grow From Seed

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23) It is actually very easy to grow junipers from seed. The first thing you want to do is look for berries that have fallen off the plant. Pick out any that look ripe and clean them off. Then, you can plant them in potting soil and place them in a sunny area of your home. Keep the soil moist and they should grow within a couple of months.

24) If you want to grow junipers from seed, then you will need to collect a lot of seeds. You can do this by picking berries off the plant when it is in season. Then, clean and dry them before placing them in paper envelopes. Store them someplace cool and dry until you are ready to plant.

25) You can successfully grow junipers from seeds, but they will take longer to start growing. It could take weeks before you start seeing any signs of life. However, it is still a good idea to do so if you want a cheap way to expand your juniper collection.

Cautions

Allergy Information: People who are allergic to other types of conifers will most likely have an allergic reaction to junipers as well. This can lead to anything from a runny nose to something more serious like a drop in blood pressure.

While allergies to junipers aren’t common, it is best not to take chances. Always do a skin test if you aren’t sure if you have allergies or not.

Also, be sure to wear gloves while handling junipers as the plant can irritate your skin (especially if you have any cuts or scrapes).

Pruning: While it is important to prune your juniper bushes on a regular basis, be sure that you do so correctly. Pruning can actually invigorate the plant and make it bushier. However, if you prune incorrectly, the plant will become stressed and susceptible to disease. Also, keep in mind that you should always wear gloves while pruning as the plants can have a negative effect on your skin.

Getting Pregnant: There are several theories about junipers and getting pregnant. Some say that juniper berries can help with fertility in women, while others say that they will actually make it harder to get pregnant. Again, there is no solid evidence to back any of these claims. If you are trying to get pregnant, it might be best to talk to your doctor before using juniper berries.

Juniper Poisoning: While most people won’t have a problem with juniper, there is always the chance that you might have a negative reaction. It is rare, but people who have liver or kidney problems shouldn’t use juniper at all. People with diabetes and heart conditions should also avoid using juniper berries.

The other concern with juniper is that it can lead to poisoning (obviously). People have used juniper for many different reasons, including as an aid for childbirth. However, juniper can lead to a decrease in blood pressure and even stopped heart action if enough is used. This probably isn’t the best herb to use while pregnant or trying to get that way.

Seizures: There are several different types of junipers and all of them contain a chemical called alpha-pinene. This chemical can be very dangerous for people who suffer from epilepsy or other seizure disorders. Even people who don’t have this condition should avoid using excessive amounts of juniper.

The Symptoms

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There are several different symptoms that can occur when someone is juniper poisoning. These include (but are not limited to) stomach pains, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite and anxiety. In extreme cases, you could experience muscle tremors, a rapid heart beat and a loss of consciousness.

Treatment for juniper poisoning is to induce vomiting (if the product is still in your stomach) and then followed by hemodialysis if necessary.

Where It Comes From And Some History

There are five different types of junipers that are used in herbal medicine today. These include the common juniper (common name, Latin name is Juniperus Communis), the creeping juniper (J. Cunninhamii), the shore juniper (J. Conferta), the Sierra juniper (J. Nevadensis) and the one most used in medicine, the Utah juniper (J.

Utahana).

The common juniper is the most widely used in medicine. While Native Americans were certainly familiar with many plants in their area, it is believed that they learned about the healing powers of the juniper from the Native people of Oregon. The first documentation of its use came from a French missionary who wrote about it in 1836. The first written record of using juniper to treat rheumatism pain was from German doctors in 1847.

The French began to use the berries in the 1870s to make their brandy of the same name, hence the reason why juniper is so popular in gin today.

This herb has been used for many different treatments over the years. It was used by German doctors during World War I to prevent kidney problems in people living in the trenches. In the 1950s, it was used to help prevent seizures caused by electroshock therapy.

Today, juniper is used primarily as a diuretic to help prevent kidney and bladder problems.

The FDA has not approved juniper for any medical use in the United States, so it is only available through other companies that market it as a “nutriceutical” (a food that has healing properties).

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Juniper is also very popular in cooking and in beer making.

Key Juniper Species

There are over a dozen species of junipers that are important medicinally around the world. They include:

American juniper (J. Communis)

Dwarf juniper (J. Dwarf)

Juniperus drupacea

Thousand needle juniper (J. Ashei)

Oregon juniper (J. Oregoniana)

Rocky mountain juniper (J. Scopulorum)

Coast juniper (J. Squamata)

Bible leaf juniper (J. Vitiflora)

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Zones for Junipers

Most species of junipers like dry, rocky, well-drained soil. They tend to grow in the western United States, but some can be found as far north as Canada and as far south as Mexico.

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Sources & references used in this article:

Demography and fire history of a western juniper stand. by JA Young, RA Evans – Rangeland Ecology & …, 1981 – journals.uair.arizona.edu

Herbaceous succession after burning of cut western juniper trees by JD Bates, TJ Svejcar – Western North American Naturalist, 2009 – BioOne

One-seed juniper invasion of northern Arizona grasslands by TN Johnsen – Ecological Monographs, 1962 – JSTOR

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