Can I save my Juniper Bonsai?

MonicalyJune 26, 2014

I bought my juniper bonsai around Christmas time, and I didn't realize it had spider mites. The infestation got pretty bad, and there were cobwebs growing on the plant. I got an insecticide, and I think I got rid of the mites, but I'm not sure. There were no more cobwebs, but the tree hasn't really bounced back. I haven't treated it for mites in a few months, but maybe they are still there? I am not sure how to tell. It still looks dead in many places, but seems to have 2 fairly healthy branches. The picture I included makes it look a little healthier than it actually is. The leaves are slightly less green in real life.
It was 10 years old when I got it, and I've had it for about 6 months. I water it every other day by pouring water on the soil. The pot sits on a tray, and I used to let the water run into the tray and leave it there, but now I dump the water out immediately. Maybe there is a problem with root rot? It sits on the coffee table in my living room, and gets indirect sunlight there.
Is there anything I can do to save this tree? Any help would be appreciated.

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This picture is a close-up of what the leaves look like. The perspective is from the top looking down.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 10:19PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Looks pretty bad. Has it been indoors this whole time?
Juniper is an outdoor tree exclusively.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 10:08PM
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If you are watering as you said, every other day, never mind being indoors and in what looks like potting soil, your tree has probably been dead a long time. Such trees may stay 'green' for a long time as well, but that doesn't mean they're alive. If the foliage is hard, inflexible, and breaks off when handled, it's dead.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 11:55PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Oh, I wasn't suggesting that moving the tree outdoors would be a curative. Just pointing out what most likely killed it :-)


    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 2:17PM
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