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Posted 1Y ago by @SamTzam

I'm hoping I didn't kill my plant. The needles are dry an...

#AmericanJuniper
0ft to light, direct
2” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 year ago
@ESylvanus gave me the best bonsai advice so I am tagging her! She did teach me that they should be outside even though they are sold like an inside plant.
@Nataliesplants is right! A lot of places sell juniper bonsai as indoor plants, but they really don’t thrive inside. Since your tree is so pale, I would put him outside in a spot that gets morning sun, but is shaded in the afternoon.

If you’re ever in doubt as to whether your tree is alive, scratch off a tiny piece of bark. If the cambium layer just underneath is green, the tree is still alive. If it’s brown, then it has passed away. (This also works on trees that are dormant!)

Also, be sure that your tree is almost completely dry between watering. It’s hard to tell what sort of soil it’s in, but if it has a lot of organic matter, it may be retaining more moisture than you’d expect. If that’s the case, I would wait until your tree has recovered a bit and repot into a good bonsai soil.

It’s a really nice looking bonsai! I hope he pulls through for you!