Plant Care Sargent Juniper

Sargent Juniper

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Also known as

Chinese juniper, Bonsai tree, Juniper Bonsai, bonsai, Blue Point Juniper, Spiral Juniper 'Blue Point', Spiral Juniper and Juniper Blue Point


Juniperus chinensis

How to care for Sargent Juniper

💦 Water

How often to water your Sargent Juniper

Water needs for Sargent Juniper
0.5 cups
every 9

Sargent Juniper 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 Sargent Juniper

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Sargent Juniper in your home

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

Sargent Juniper love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Sargent Juniper does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Sargent Juniper

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sargent Juniper: 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 Sargent Juniper after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Sargent Juniper →

Common Sargent Juniper Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Sargent Juniper 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.

Sargent Juniper Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Sargent Juniper 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 🏡.

Sargent Juniper Light Requirements →

Sargent 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

Sargent Juniper 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.

Sargent Juniper Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Sargent Juniper 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 Sargent Juniper →

When and How to Successfully Repot Sargent Juniper →

💩 Fertilizer

Sargent Juniper 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

Sargent Juniper is native to the Northern Hemisphere.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Sargent Juniper →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Sargent Juniper can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Sargent Juniper Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Sargent Juniper can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Sargent Juniper →

🧐 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 Sargent Juniper

Sargent Juniper

Sargent Juniper

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.

What other plant parents say

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@KingCanna avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
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globe Medicine Hat, Alberta

FOR THE EXPERIENCED! I currently have 3 Juniper Bonsai’s and have unfortunately killed quite a number of them… but with experience I’ve found the best way to keep this one. Keep by a window, needs at least 5 hours of direct sunlight and is currently near a 6000K grow light but NOT directly under. Water when the soil begins to dry, every 2-3 days, I’ve found Misting the tops hurts it more, just water the soil. Do not Transplant until absolutely necessary. They like small pots. Good luck if it’s your first time!

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@tofuistofu7 avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 29 XP
globe Jarvis, Ontario

Never let the soil completely dry!!

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