randy420rhoads
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20 Year Old Juniper with Yellowing Problem

Please ID.

My wife bought me this bonsai for $350.I was told it's over 20 years old.
[img]https://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/randy666rhoads/100_0168.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/randy666rhoads/100_0172.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/randy666rhoads/100_0169.jpg[/img]

As you can see it's yellowing in some places..what's causing this and what can i do to fix it?
[img]https://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/randy666rhoads/100_0170.jpg[/img]


Also any suggestions where to prune it(and how)?

[img]https://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/randy666rhoads/100_0171.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/randy666rhoads/100_0173.jpg[/img]

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IndorBonsai
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This is a outdoor Bonsai, some form of juniper I think, Place it in a area outside that gets a good amount of sun. Morning sun and filtered/shady area during the hottest part of the day seems to work good for most outdoor bonsai.
Also for watering if the soil is damp wait another day and check the soil again, it is best to give your bonsai a drying period between waterings. ( don't let it go completely dry tho)

When we get a positive ID on the tree I can help you do some research on it and find the proper care to make it thrive :)

Welcome to Bonsai and the forum
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P.S. That's a really nice tree!!
If your going to have art in your house why not make it living art. :D

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Thank you. I have no way of keeping it outside , I live in the barracks on a military base and it would definately get stolen. Is there anyway it will survive indoors? (grow lights, ect..) if so what kind?

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I would say try using a 2 bulb 48 inch florescent shop light ( standard cool white bulbs work ok ) and the brightest window you have that gets the most sun.

something kinda like this,
click the picture it gets bigger :)
[url=https://img12.imageshack.us/my.php?image=48inch.jpg][img]https://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3008/48inch.jpg[/img][/url]

I think your tree will need a winter dormancy period so during that time place it in the garage with the light on a timer ( my lights stay on for at least 12 hours a day) eaven when my trees are in the window :)
If your going to have art in your house why not make it living art. :D

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Nice setup. Thanks for the info. Think i'll get a PID sometime in the next day or two?

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I think so, as soon as Gnome/Norm gets online and reads this he will probably know for sure what kind of tree it is :)


P.S. Randy Rhoads the best guitarist to ever live at least thats what I think 8)
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randy420rhoads,

I agree with Jason's identification of it being a Juniper. I'm not optimistic about keeping it indoors though. It is not just a matter of lighting but of humidity and, perhaps most importantly, dormancy. Without a dormant period each year this tree will weaken and die.

Occasionally we read about someone who claims to have been able to keep a Juniper alive inside but this is by far the exception rather than the rule. For a beginner this is almost certainly a losing proposition. There are other choices that are better suited to indoor culture. I.B. and some others here are more familiar with most of them than I.

Sorry to put a damper on your enthusiasm but better to hear the truth now, so you can make other arrangements, than to watch an expensive piece of material slowly fail.

Norm

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Thank you. I'm moving to an apartment soon, hopefully I can put it out on the balcony. Can it be kept in the pot outdoors or should it be transplanted to the earth? Also any tips on what i should prune on it?

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randy420rhoads wrote:Thank you. I'm moving to an apartment soon, hopefully I can put it out on the balcony. Can it be kept in the pot outdoors or should it be transplanted to the earth? Also any tips on what i should prune on it?
please don't transplant it to earth.. its bonsai if you transplanted it in the earth it will be a simple plant, as your wife got it in 350 $(according to my knowledge), if you transplanted it to earth it will be 5 $ plant.
and don't prune it unless you got some basic know how about bonsai, please read the instructions and basics about bonsai in forum.
happy starting of bonsai.
welcom :wink:

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