Procumbens nana juniper, need information.

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I bought a Procumbens Juniper yesterday, Firstly I need to know about watering. Second can it live in balcony? Third about the fertilization. Please help me to learn these
 

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First, where do you live? Update profile will help people in answering your questions. Nice juniper to start with! Send some pics if you can please, but to start with, watering will depend on what type of soil your tree is in and to make sure the soil never dries out all the way through the pot, check your soil moisture with your finger, if it is dry up to your first knuckle, water! Can live on balcony as long as it is outdoors and gets sufficient sun. Keep researching and reading about bonsai, will help tremendously with your learning :) and how to take care of trees and different species of trees.
 

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Thanks for reply, I live in Istanbul, I will attach a photo to this message, and my balcony can get closed if needed too. 28A28B6E-4875-45DA-AC56-D14BBF438941.jpeg
 

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Thanks for the photo, I would never close the balcony unless you are protecting the tree from the cold, these trees will eventually die if left inside to long. Looks like regular potting soil, so just check the dryness with your finger and water when needed, keep in full sun and fertilize (any good chemical or organic based fertilizer should be fine). Let it grow and lets see if you can get that yellowness to turn a nicer green for you. That color is little concerning, let see if anyone else chimes in about it.
 

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That juniper looks very yellow. I'd say it is starving so feed with a liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks. It does not matter what fertiliser because junipers cannot read the labels. They are only interested in the nutrients so any fertiliser with nutrients is good.
More sun and fresh air is better than less so try to find a spot where it will get at least some sun each day if possible. Junipers are very cold tolerant so it should not need protection from cold in winter.
As already stated, water when the soil is starting to get a little dry. Not just the top of the soil, use finger to check down a cm or 2 for moisture before watering.
 

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I think the whole..."water when dry" bullshit is why I killed each of about 15 Nana's I've owned.
Hopefully it's just the photo, but yours is looking yeller.

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Thank you everyone for your replies!
 

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I don't think the plant is all that yellow as it looks like all new growth. I think picture may have been taken with a flash. It does not look like nutrient deficiency to me but it may need more sun. I think your choice as a beginner is very good. Give it as much sun as you can but don't take in from shade to sun quickly. Get a good pressurized sprayer, a hand held size is excellent, and spay with water every few days or so, make sure to spray bottom of foliage as well, to help prevent spider mites. Watch the watering. Junipers like procumbens can be seriously damaged by over watering. There is no hard fast rule so just be aware. Of course it will suffer too if not watered enough. And as others have said, leave the balcony open as it is an outdoors plant.
To the op; Finally, you will find it interesting that in the early to mid 1970s I lived in Richmond Virginia USA and had an apartment with a garden balcony. It was a very small balcony, about 4 x 6 feet, so after I covered it with plants there was barely room to stand. I had everything from bonsai to dwarf watermelon. I don't even eat watermelon but I liked the challenge. A writer from the local paper, Richmond Times Dispatch even wrote a little article with a picture or two.
I wish you much success and and may you and your bonsai live long and prosper.
 

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I think the whole..."water when dry" bullshit is why I killed each of about 15 Nana's I've owned.
Hopefully it's just the photo, but yours is looking yeller.
This is basically the point of a loose mostly-organic soil mix, right? I'm pretty new but with a mix of lava/pumice/de I've gotten to a point where I just water every morning since there's basically a zero chance of overwatering, and so far my two nanas are doing fine. I don't really check the soil anymore.

Edited to add: I'm not giving advice, I'm actually asking if I'm correct!
 

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This is basically the point of a loose mostly-organic soil mix, right? I'm pretty new but with a mix of lava/pumice/de I've gotten to a point where I just water every morning since there's basically a zero chance of overwatering, and so far my two nanas are doing fine. I don't really check the soil anymore.

Edited to add: I'm not giving advice, I'm actually asking if I'm correct!
I believe watering that mix once a day in the morning.... specifically in the morning, has a better chance of being underwatered.
Less if watered around 1pm.

Bought to throw this bitch ass phone.

See the thread https://www.bonsainut.com/posts/682969/

There is no such thing as overwatering until there is.

Sorce
 

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