crispy_tree :/
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HELP! how much should i prune my tree? how do i care for it?

I recieved a juniper bonsai tree as a gift.

i failed to give it attention for a while and i live in houston tx so it gets pertty hot out, i noticed the tree wasnt doing well so i brought it inside and started regularly watering it and i have kept it near the window for sunlight. now it looks like this:
[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree021.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree020.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree019.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree017.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree016.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree004.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree003.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree002.jpg[/img]


it looks almost dead but my mother looked at it and said there is still green toward the trunk and main branch of the tree. i would like to prune it but i don't know how much to prune. i don't want to over do it but most of the branches are browning.
i have read up on these plants so i know some, but still very little.

i also noticed mold is forming on the soil:

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree015.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree014.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a458/yaaa_soup/Bonsaitree013.jpg[/img]

please help!! i don't want this to die!! it was a special gift from a special peron. any advice on how to revive this and keep it alive will be great!

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You really want to get that tree outside in a shaded spot. Junipers will last about a year indoors, but they will slowly die. They are actually a hot weather plant, but they need a dormancy. Get it outside and water it only when the soil goes dry. Good luck and enjoy your plant!

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thank you. do you have any ideas on how or if i should trim the tree?

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Junipers are generally maintenance pruned by pinching off the growth tips with the fingers or tweezers, because scissors will cause browning of the needles. As for the styling, that is something that will come to you after a lot of thought about what you have to work with and what you want your tree to look like.

In your case, your tree is a little stressed so I wouldn't do much pruning, just give the tree the best possible conditions to become healthy again.

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thank you so much :]

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crispy_tree :/,

Hello and welcome. I think JTred has done a good job for you so far. Definitely outside, shade especially during the hottest part of the day. Junipers like sun but yours is not in prime condition so take it easy on it for now.

I too would suggest no pruning now. The health has to come first or you'll have a 'finished' bonsai for sure.

My only minor difference is on the watering.
water it only when the soil goes dry.
I suppose this depends on what your definition of 'dry' is and the condition of the soil. A free draining mix in Texas will likely require watering every day this time of year. Of course there are conditions. It's hard to tell if your soil is truly free draining or just a top dressing. I think I can see a hint of peat underneath in whch case JTred is correct again, be careful about when to water.

Also trees in distress often do not transpire as much water as a healthy specimen, so you do have to consider the whole picture. Misting several times a day can help too.

Try the chopstick method that you will find outlined [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1479]here.[/url] This will help you decide when to water, but when you do water, do so thoroughly.

Norm

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