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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 19 hours ago #36772

My girlfriend got me this Japanese Juniper and it has what appears to be sphagnum moss built up around the trunk. I was wondering what the reason for this might be. Also if you have any advice for me on this tree I’d really appreciate it.

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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 16 hours ago #36773

Ghinton wrote: .. Japanese Juniper and it has what appears to be sphagnum moss built up around the trunk..


The moss is there probably to keep the humidity high; you don't have to keep it if you water the juniper properly.
It is a young tree, and could have a cascade style in the future.
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 12 hours ago #36775

Your plant looks ok, but I hope you only took it in to take the picture. I will be dead in months if you have it inside.
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 11 hours ago #36779

Ghinton wrote: My girlfriend got me this Japanese Juniper and it has what appears to be sphagnum moss built up around the trunk. I was wondering what the reason for this might be. Also if you have any advice for me on this tree I’d really appreciate it.


Essentially, what you have is a very young juniper, untrained, not styled, with some decorative material to make it look like something.

Plant it in the garden, leave it there for a couple of years so it can grow. Meanwhile, start studying bonsai.
Do not keep it indoors, it will die.
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 10 hours ago #36783

I live in Alaska. It’ll die if I put it outside. What are my options? I was thinking window sill. They probably get cold enough to put it into dormancy. The guy that sold it to her said it was eight to nine years old and could live indoors. He told her some other bullshit to though so I’m trying to figure it out
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 10 hours ago #36784

Ghinton wrote: I live in Alaska. It’ll die if I put it outside.


Depends. What USDA zone?
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 9 hours ago #36788

3b I do believe
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 9 hours ago #36789

Ghinton wrote: 3b I do believe


So −37.2 °C to −34.4 °C?

This juniper can handle zone 4 (-34.4). So yeah... your zone is a little bit too cold.
Got an unheated space?
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 9 hours ago #36790

I don’t. If I shit the heat off in the garage it messes with the temperature in the house
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Why I should my tree potted like this 5 months 8 hours ago #36791

Ghinton wrote: I don’t. If I shit the heat off in the garage it messes with the temperature in the house


Well.. if you cannot find a solution, you can choose to let it freeze to death outside, or to let it die slowly indoors.
It will live indoors, it may even live pretty long, but eventually the climate indoors and the lack of a dormant period will kill it.
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