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Juniper Christmas Gift: dormancy or not?

Posted by Juliencm22 none (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 30, 13 at 22:55

Hi guys,

So I've browsed a lot of old messages but decided to write my own.

I received a Japanese Juniper Bonsai for Christmas, and it seems to be very healthy! It is green and not brittle, so I don't think it is dead.

So, I'm wondering if I should put it outside in order for it to go dormant this winter. Or is it too late for that? Instead, should I keep it inside?

I live in Philadelphia, where winters are not harsh, but real: it is often 20-40 degrees F on any given week from now until March (Philadelphia is "zone 6," apparently.)

I live in an apartment with a balcony; one room in my apartment is significantly cooler than the others (around 50 degrees, while the apartment is around 63).

I was reading that if I put the juniper outside, it will be shocked to death, so it's best to leave it inside JUST this winter.

I really don't want to kill my first bonsai! Any and all help is much appreciated :)

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RE: Juniper Christmas Gift: dormancy or not?

Leave it in the coolest possible place inside this year, remove any layer of pebbles that's glued or sealed on by prying edges carefully, and don't water at all until the whole pot's dry (use a chopstick to check, like a dipstick), then do water completely.

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