To prevent damage caused by the cold temperatures, during the months with definately harsh minimum temperatures, we can protect the shrubs by covering the soil around the stem with straw or dry leaves. Plant which needs at least a few hours a day of sunlight.We suggest growing the The Juniper outdoors year round, as they don't fear cold weather.
Shrubs develop new shoots and prepare their flowers during the spring period, therefore we must remember, by the end of the winter, to give it a good dose of humus or mature manure, or granular slow release fertilizer, to be added to the soil at the foot of the plant. During the spring we can choose a fertilizer rich in nitrogen and potassium, to mix with the irrigating water, every 20-25 days.
These plants have a sapling deportment, with a short stem with a small roundish crown. These plants develop like conifers. The Juniper Is small in size; in spring, summer, autumn, winter it assumes a yellowgreen colouring. These are evergreen plants, which means they keep their leaves year round.
Watering takes place only when the soil has been dry for days, usually every 2-3 weeks can be enough; if the climate is particularly hot we can slightly intensify the irrigations, using 1-2 buckets of water . If we want to grow these plants in a vase, we should water them a bit more often, compared to plants cultivated in the ground; Every 2-3 years we should renew the substratum in the vase, or enrich with organic amender.
Generally during this time of year we suggest a pre-emptive treatment with wide range insecticide and with a systemic fungicide, to prevent the attack from part of the aphids and the development of fungus diseases, often favoured by a mild and damp climate.
For these shrubs it’s necessary to choose a rich and deep substratum , which presents an excellent drainage.
The Juniper also has a pleasing fragrance. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.