Pot Size: Approx. 9cm(Ø) x 7cm(H)
Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability
Juniperus chinensis ‘Shimpaku‘, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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