Plant Care Japanese Juniper Tree

Japanese Juniper Tree

Also known as

Japanese Garden Juniper, Japanese Garden Juniper, Juniper Bonsai Tree, Nana, Garden Juniper and Green Mound Juniper


Juniperus procumbens

How to care for Japanese Juniper Tree

💦 Water

How often to water your Japanese Juniper Tree

Water needs for Japanese Juniper Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Juniper Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Japanese Juniper Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Japanese Garden Juniper in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Juniper Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Japanese Juniper Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Japanese Juniper Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Japanese Juniper Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Japanese Juniper Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Japanese Juniper Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Japanese Juniper Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Japanese Juniper Tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Japanese Garden Juniper →

Common Japanese Garden Juniper Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Japanese Juniper Tree prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Japanese Garden Juniper Water Frequency →

Japanese Garden Juniper Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Japanese Juniper Tree requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Japanese Garden Juniper Light Requirements →

Japanese Garden Juniper Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Japanese Juniper Tree doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Japanese Garden Juniper Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Japanese Juniper Tree does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Japanese Garden Juniper →

When and How to Successfully Repot Japanese Garden Juniper →

💩 Fertilizer

Japanese Juniper Tree grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

Japanese Juniper Tree is native to the Northern Hemisphere.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Japanese Juniper Tree grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Japanese Garden Juniper →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Japanese Juniper Tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Japanese Garden Juniper Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Japanese Juniper Tree

Japanese Juniper Tree

Japanese Juniper Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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