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Young Juniper
« on: March 08, 2010, 14:36:57 PM »
I recently attained a young juniper tree. it's trunk is very thin. Is there a few tricks to get this trunk nice a fat?
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Re: Young Juniper
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 15:41:49 PM »
big pot and fertiliser or in the ground and fertiliser.
It is best if you find a bigger plant in the nursery.
I got one the other day for about 100 rand with the right trunk size.
You can cut it now and remove what you dont need just leaf some green leaf branches on the plant, thay don't bud back like uther trees.

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Re: Young Juniper
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 15:53:08 PM »
Thanks. I will try do that.
 What type of fertilizer would be best?
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Re: Young Juniper
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 16:17:32 PM »
Welcome Blastmancer.
I haven't had the best results with junipers. You could try gently crushing the stem with a vice grip. Just enough to cause light trauma that would result in scarification and thickening, a bit like....er whatever. LOL

But junipers, I've found you put a lot of time into them and then nothing happens for ages before they die. 

I'm looking for a nice old bouganvilla to bonsai, one that's been growing in a little pot on someone's stoep for 30 years with a nice thick stem, or one that's been hiding at the back of a little nursery in a bag since the eighties.

Good luck, and tell us a bit about yourself. Are you related to the surfing blastmancer from cape town?

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Re: Young Juniper
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2010, 20:31:19 PM »
Thanks for the advice. Although I think I'll give the Vicegrip a rest for now. I will definately keep you guys posted on the young Juniper.

Yes Micheal, I am the surfing Blastmancer from Cape Town. :mmm: :clap:

Still struggling to surf though.

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Re: Young Juniper
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2010, 20:44:48 PM »
 LOL :mmm:

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Re: Young Juniper
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2010, 16:22:43 PM »
the experts say they love nitrogen. try the Saba website and see if there is a club close to you http://www.saba.org.za/page69.html.
Junipers are very hardy you need to know the roles to cut and transplant them.
If you transplant don't cut and shape and if you cut and shape don't transplant.
Always leef green on the branches (leafs).
If you transplant compact the soil very well like with Protea's
Dont let them dry out.
They grow very well all over the country even in the frost.
have fun it will be a good tree before its 100th burthday. LOL