Tree whisperer
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new to bonsais and I think my Juniper is in trouble!

:( Hello, I picked up 3 small Junipers about 3 or 4 months ago from a local florist. I suspect that they were not given the best of care, because they were indoors the entirety of the time at the store. I know this because I would come and look at them every day for weeks before finally buying them, and they were always in the same place, with minimal lighting, and I suspect minimal water. I live in Virginia and while the plants were doing ok during the summer months, all 3 have become very brittle and are turning brown in areas. I know these are out door plants only, but in my novice stupidity I felt that the cold air might hurt them, and I have kept them inside for quite awhile now...though I watered them as needed and gave them sufficient light to no avail. Is it too late for these Junipers? Can I rescue them by keeping them outdoors from now on? The winters here are somewhat mild, hardly ever dipping below 20 degrees F.

I would hate to give up on these trees...I love all plants and it pains me to be the cause of their death. I can include pictures if you need...1 is quite large and I suspect it is at least a few years old and the other 2 are very small...almost looking like twigs protruding from the soil. Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated, and keep up the good work!

Tree whisperer
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Just wanted to reply to my own post from earlier...I decided to put the trees outside on my balcony, and they have bounced back to life in the past 2 - 3 days! I am very pleased to say that the parts of the tree that were browning are now back to a nice green, and the brittle feel is now soft and supple (for a Juniper anyway!) Now I can look forward to spending the spring with my 1st trees! Thanks to this site for all the helpful information!

-Thomas :D

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Sorry to be so long in getting back to you Thomas, but I will be travelling a lot over the next two months (as I was this past week).

Glad to hear the news is good and that the site was a help. Keep those trees green and check in here to let us know how you're doing...

Scott

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