When it comes to owning a beautiful bonsai tree, it’s a fascinating visual appeal. Of course, each step is critical such as how to care for a bonsai or water it properly, but it often comes down to actual work. This is when you get your hands dirty and get working. This article will shed light on what it takes to start pruning juniper bonsai the right way and what not to do.

The Value Of Pruning Juniper Bonsai

A lot of people think working away on a juniper bonsai is all about aesthetics and nothing else. This is untrue as there is a lot more that goes into it. There are practical reasons for going ahead and making sure you are on top of the pruning requirements of a juniper. One of the reasons has to do with making sure the light gets all the way through to the bottom of the tree.

There are specific categories associated with pruning junipers:

* Maintenance Pruning

* Structural Pruning

When starting, you are going to be looking at the fundamentals, which include maintenance. This is more important for people than structural pruning. As a result, you are going to learn about maintenance pruning in this article.

Maintenance Pruning

Requirement:¬†Focus on the tree’s appearance, emphasize its overall strength, and make sure it grows properly.

When – Start during the growing season (spring-early fall)

With maintenance pruning, the goal is to start thinning parts of the juniper out. Again, it is about being selective throughout the process.

When beginning, you are going to look at targeting specific areas such as:

* Foliage popping out from the bottom of a branch

* Foliage that has overgrown and is now past the plant’s silhouette

* Additional foliage/branches that are standing straight up or folding straight down.

Technique For Pruning Juniper Bonsai

To understand the art of cutting, you will have to focus on where the cutting will take place. You don’t want a situation where the pruning is done to the wrong part of the tree, as this can damage everything and lead to significant issues.

Junipers will retain most of their energy from the tips. If you ever take the time to look at a juniper when it is growing season, the recommendations will be a noticeable green. They are going to be greener than any other part of the plant. It is these tips that are known as growing tips.

You never want to remove too many of these growing tips because it will sap the tree’s strength. Instead, the goal is to pinpoint specific growing tips that are becoming excessively long and trim them one by one. This should ensure the other suggestions are still allowed to flourish as needed.

The foliage that tends to go past the silhouette of the tree needs to be removed. You only want to go after the more extended portions as these are the ones that are unhealthy for the tree over the long term.

Do not start hedge pruning with junipers. This is another way to remove too many growing tips at once.


In the past, it was common for people to start pinching juniper foliage. As a result, the method was often talked about among enthusiasts.

While it might seem like a good idea to clean things up a bit, experts recommend it because it’s not suitable for the plant.

The best way to handle this type of plant is to look to let the foliage grow a bit. This will ensure the tree continues to grow and gets enough strength before a few tips are removed. This is the only way to get the best of both worlds, and all it takes is a sharp pair of shears.


Concluding Thoughts

Taking care of the juniper bonsai is excellent, and it will extend its life. However, you have to make sure to think of everything, including removing the foliage and ensuring the tree is properly exposed to the sun and oxygen. This is how it is going to stay healthy. It is also important to note the proper technique involves targeting specific green tips and not all of them.