Juniper Origin

Juniper (Juniperus) is a genus of plants in the family Cypressaceae. It is found in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and North America. There are both shrubs and trees within the genus Juniper. Juniper can reach heights of 1 to 30 m.

In mythology, the juniper was often considered a sacred tree and was revered in many cultures. In Celtic mythology, the juniper was considered a sacred tree that offered protection and healing. In Roman mythology, the juniper was considered a symbol of immortality and rebirth.

Juniper needles

Juniper is an evergreen plant that produces both male and female flowers on different plants. The male flowers can be recognized by the yellow, hanging inflorescences, while the female flowers are small and round. The needles of the juniper are green and have a shiny surface. They grow in clusters on the branches. The berries of the juniper are small and blue to purple. The juniper berries are used in cooking and medicine. They contain essential oils and are used as a natural remedy for respiratory diseases, inflammation and pain. Due to its aromatic smell and resinous taste, juniper is also popular in aromatherapy and in the production of incense sticks and perfumes.

Juniper berries

Juniper care and location

Juniper prefers a location with plenty of sunlight and well-drained, sandy soil. However, it is also undemanding and can thrive in almost any soil and in areas with little water. Junipers are very adaptable and can thrive in both cold and warm climates.

Pruning juniper

To promote growth and improve appearance, juniper can be pruned regularly. This is done in spring and involves removing dead, diseased and damaged branches. Additional pruning can help keep the juniper in shape and make the plant more compact and bushy. Pruning should be done carefully to avoid fungal infections and damage.

Watering juniper

As a result of climate change, hotter and drier periods are becoming more frequent, which has an impact on nature and especially on trees. Depending on their location and the climate situation, junipers may need to be watered more frequently than before. During the growing season, junipers should be watered regularly, especially when the soil is dry. Care should be taken not to keep the soil too wet to avoid root rot. When watering with a hosepipe, there is a risk that a lot of moisture will evaporate or seep into the deep soil before it can be absorbed by the roots.

Watering the juniper is with tree bath watering bags more efficient. Two holes in the bottom of the bag continuously release water into the soil as drip irrigation. This means that water seeps into the soil more slowly and the juniper's flat roots can absorb the water better thanks to the even moistening. The irrigation bag covers the soil surface and prevents moisture from evaporating. Using the bags saves time and water. By filling an irrigation bag, young trees are supplied with sufficient water. In order to water larger trees sufficiently in very dry periods, it is possible to connect two or more irrigation bags together. A mulch layer of bark compost in the root area is helpful in keeping the moisture in the soil.

Fertilizing juniper

Regular fertilization is not necessary, but occasional fertilization support the plant in spring. If the juniper is planted in soil with low nutrient content, it should be fertilized occasionally.

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