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timhager

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Juniper Help!
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:30 PM »
I purchased this Juniper about a year ago and recently moved and since the move, the Juniper has been struggling. Can anyone offer some suggestions on how to get this guy to be green again?
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 01:14 PM »
Spray paint.

Joke.

Humates?

Clip off the dead stuff and mist the foilage a few times a day.

What happpened? Long drive?

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timhager

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 02:06 PM »
Not really sure what happened it was looking great before the 9 hour drive. Should i prune the moss as well? Do i mist the moss as much as i do the foliage? Do you think it makes sense to re-pot it?

 This is my first tree so I am very new to all of this. Appreciate the help!
 

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 02:26 PM »
I would remove the moss and dead foliage.  Get the tree outside in AM sun, and PM shade for a few weeks, misting foliage as often as you can...little fish emulsion.  Once it starts growing, more sun.  Good luck.
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 02:32 PM »
BVF: what would you mist it with?

I've had good experience misting with humates (I'm not sure how much good they do in THIS application) and MiracleGro fertilizer.
 

timhager

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2014, 02:41 PM »
Thanks all. Trying to get him back to looking like this!
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2014, 03:52 PM »
BVF: what would you mist it with?

I've had good experience misting with humates (I'm not sure how much good they do in THIS application) and MiracleGro fertilizer.

I'd use water, adding mild fish emulsion maybe 1-2x/week.  I don't use "chemical" ferts; personal preference.
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 08:46 PM »
I'm going to guess that it's on its way out, if it's not already gone.

Judging from the second picture, I'm going to guess that you've kept this inside?  Junipers are not indoor trees.  You don't list your location or where you moved from/to so it's difficult to be too specific on advice.

The soil looks bad, bu I would not suggest repotting.  Without personal experience repotting effectively with necessary aftercare for a tree in trouble, you'll likely do more harm than good.

My advice, find a good club and/or local mentor.  Find out what works for them in your area.
 

timhager

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2014, 11:49 PM »
Yes it has always been indoors but I am going to start keeping it outdoors.  Moved from jersey city to buffalo.
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 05:54 AM »
No wonder! Junipers hate Buffalo.  :D

Joke.

Its odd that the moss died too. But definitely makes me lean to a soil problem.

Does the pot have drainage holes?

If so, you have a nice pot! But if this was sold to you as "indoor" it might crack in a freeze.

At this point, being you likely didnt invest a fortune, you may be better served pulling it out of the pot to see what is going on.

Then again, simply OUTSIDE could spring it back to life.

Can you knock those rocks off?

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timhager

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 09:59 AM »
Yes there are drainage holes and the water starts draining out relatively quickly. Last night, i trimmed off most of the dead foliage, removed the moss, and removed the small stones. I gave it a good watering and set it outside this morning. Hop[ing the outdoors will help!
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2014, 04:47 AM »
I can hear it thanking you from here!

Update before fall.

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2014, 04:29 PM »
How often should i be watering?
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2014, 04:38 PM »
Before it's dry.  Shimpakus like water, and I water mine (generally) in the AM and mist foliage once or twice later in the afternoon when I can.  I also keep them in 100% full Alabama sun.
 

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Re: Juniper Help!
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2014, 07:17 PM »
This tree looks as though it has been dead for months.  Keep a conifer indoors is the kiss of death and Junipers are conifers.  As to the moss:  That stuff will die indoors quicker than the tree it is attached to.