juniper bonsai purchased at Wegmans

Asked February 11, 2017, 6:51 PM EST

Bonsai is in unheated basement bathroom with window, on humity tray with pebbles. Please explain care of juniper bonsai. Im in Crownsville. When should i put outside? How much water? How to care for in winter? Should it be outside? Is unheated screen porch ok? Protect pot from freezing? thank you

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

We do not have reference material on growing bonsai. You will have to consult bonsai literature for proper care. There are indoor and outdoor bonsai and Juniper should be grown outdoors. Caring for bonsai includes watering, fertilizing, and winter care for outdoor bonsai. Outdoor bonsai need to maintain dormancy by staying cold in the winter.
The general timing for winter protection starts around Thanksgiving and begin to remove the process around St. Patrick's Day. Look at the attached link from the American Bonsai Society for care and overwintering.