Bonsai (Shimpaku Juniper Tree)

Bonsai (Shimpaku Juniper Tree)

$68.00 inc. GST

POT MEASUREMENT: Approx. 9cm(Ø) x 7cm(H)

Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability

Juniperus chinensisShimpaku‘, also known as Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’, is native only to the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Yakeshima.

  • The name “Sargentii” is a nod to Charles Sargent, the American botanist who identified this juniper on Hokkaido in the early 1890s.
  • The low-growing evergreen may reach a height of one to three feet and a spread of one to five feet across in its natural habitat.
  • This juniper has a rich and interesting history, especially considering it has been around in the bonsai world for little more than a century.
  • In the early 1900s, Shimpaku began enjoying wild popularity as a bonsai in Japan.
  • As word of this attractive species spread it became rarer and rarer, which resulted in the price skyrocketing to as high as today’s equivalent of $10,000.
  • This only fed the craze to find and collect Shimpaku from the wild, which unfortunately is often on mountainsides, making the process of obtaining the tree difficult and dangerous.
  • Still, collectors and sellers persisted, until today the species is facing potential extinction in the wild.
LIGHT
  • When nightly lows do not dip below 40 degrees, your bonsai should be placed outside, such as on a patio, balcony, terrace or in a garden.
  • Once outside, your bonsai should be positioned where it will receive sufficient sun – morning sun and afternoon shade is best.
WATER
  • Apply water when the soil appears dry – never allow the soil to become completely dry.
  • If your bonsai is receiving full sun, it may be necessary to water once a day.
  • Evaluate each tree’s water requirements and adjust your watering schedule to accommodate it.
  • It is a good idea to use a moisture meter until you get to know the requirements of your bonsai tree.
  • Watering should be done with a watering can or hose attachment which should dispense the water in a soft enough manner as not to disturb the soil.
  • Water should be applied until it begins running out of the holes in the bottom of your pot.
FERTILIZER
  • Fertilizing is also necessary if your bonsai is to remain healthy and beautiful.
  • Since your bonsai is growing in such a small amount of soil it is necessary to replenish the soil’s supply of nutrients periodically.
  • Any general-purpose liquid fertilizer will do fine and is available at most garden centers.
  • Suggested fertilizers will be used at half their recommended strength.
  • Your bonsai will also respond well to foliar feeding, with a water-soluble fertilizer applied every other month as a spray.

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