I got this today and I was told it was and indoor tree which most likely means that the people I pruchased this from did not properly care for it.Procumbens juniper!
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This is an outdoor tree... are you keeping it outdoor in the full sun? Some of the foliage isn't looking too happy...
I live in Alabama. I'm fine with an indoor or outdoor tree but I am a newbie and I don't know if I can handle a particularly difficult tree.No it is not an indoor tree... not by a mile.
Where do you live? What kind of tree are you looking for? Maybe someone can point you in the right direction for a friendlier indoor bonsai experience. Truth is, it is really hard to grow bonsai - any bonsai - indoors. People say you can do it because they want to sell "indoor" bonsai trees, but there isn't a bonsai tree around that wouldn't do better outdoors.
Conifers (pines, junipers, spruce, cypress, fir, redwood, etc), in particular, are darn near impossible to keep indoors - unless you are willing to shell out serious money for artificial lighting.
How should I deal with rain. Could that be a problem.Your juniper is a robust and hearty tree and relatively easy to care for. Find a nice spot for it outdoors - on a patio or in your garden - where it gets full sun and you can water it regularly (probably once a day - or once every two days if it is humid). You keep it outdoors 365 days per year - even through Alabama winters. Your main challenge will be to make sure you water it properly - not too much so the soil turns into a swamp, but not too little so that it dries out like a desert. Otherwise it can handle a fair amount of abuse.
Thank you for the advice. Is there anything else I need to know, like training and fertilization?Rain is not generally a problem if your soil is good. Because your bonsai is in a pot, you want to make sure that the soil is porous enough that it can drain freely and not turn swampy. If you water your tree, and find that the water doesn't pour through the soil and out through the holes in the bottom of the pot, you need to fix the problem. In a perfect world, you would repot your tree into new bonsai soil and get rid of the old crappy, compacted soil. However if you repot your juniper at the wrong time of year - like the heat of summer - it will have a hard time dealing with the stress. Best time of year to repot a juniper is early spring. So if it rains a ton, and you find your bonsai soil is getting swampy, in the short term you can poke a chopstick into the soil from above (to loosen the soil) and from below (to open up the drain holes). Otherwise let it rain
I have always admired bonsai trees but up until now I have never had an opportunity to buy one. They aren't normal trees and there is something about them that kinda calms me down. Plus I felt like I needed something to do and this seems like the perfect hobby.I am curious... why did you buy a bonsai?
It's all good... I am always curious. I can't explain why I keep these trees so I am curious why others do.I have always admired bonsai trees but up until now I have never had an opportunity to buy one. They aren't normal trees and there is something about them that kinda calms me down. Plus I felt like I needed something to do and this seems like the perfect hobby.
And by the way... welcome to the hobby! Your first tree is pretty exciting. Wait until you have 100 My first tree my parents made me stick back in the ground after I had tortured it for a couple of years because I didn't know what I was doing. That tree is now about 40' tall
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