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Can I save my Juniper Bonsai?

Posted by Monicaly none (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 22:17

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.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Can I save my Juniper Bonsai?

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

RE: Can I save my Juniper Bonsai?

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


RE: Can I save my Juniper Bonsai?

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.

RE: Can I save my Juniper Bonsai?

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


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