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New to Bonsai! 10 months 4 days ago #54448

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I was just gifted a beautiful Juniper bonsai that my coworkers bought from 1-800-flowers..
everything i have been reading says they are supposed to be outdoors not indoors... they intended it to be one of my new office plants (i have MANY)
Is it at all possible for it to survive in my office? The building thermostat is set between 72 & 73.. and our temps outside have been hitting low 20s (F) at night and only about 50s during the day...?

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They ordered me a set of 4 different types of seeds to grow my own.. but i can start another thread for those if need be.

Any advice would be appreciated!!

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New to Bonsai! 10 months 4 days ago #54450

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shecounts wrote: I was just gifted a beautiful Juniper bonsai that my coworkers bought from 1-800-flowers..


OK... so, there we go again, bursting some bubbles.
Flower shops do not sell bonsai. What you have is a nice gift, but not a bonsai. It's just a young juniper.
It will most certainly NOT survive in an office. Junipers belong outdoors.

It is not impossible to grow bonsai from seed, but it is a very long term project - think decades. Realistically speaking, someone new to bonsai will not succeed in it.

Sorry, but that's the grim truth.
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New to Bonsai! 10 months 4 days ago #54452

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I was reading a few other posts after i made this one and saw that it really does need to be outside.. so that being said i am going to take my juniper home and keep it on my outdoor porch.

as for the ones from seeds.. i am perfectly fine with them being long term projects.. I have many plants that are years old.. i have about 40 different plants currently in my office here at work and several more indoor at home. I love my plants and enjoy taking care of them.

I am NOT partial to flower arrangements that die ;)

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New to Bonsai! 10 months 4 days ago #54456

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Hey Welcome to the Empire.

Do you know which treespecies you have seeds from? It is VERY likely that these need to be outside too...

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New to Bonsai! 10 months 4 days ago #54469

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"Jacaranda Momosifolia"
"Pinus Thunbergii"
"Pinus Aristata"
"Picea Mariana"

fingers crossed something can at least be started indoor until its nicer weather haha

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New to Bonsai! 10 months 2 days ago #54493

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shecounts wrote: "Jacaranda Momosifolia"
"Pinus Thunbergii"
"Pinus Aristata"
"Picea Mariana"

fingers crossed something can at least be started indoor until its nicer weather haha


Jacaranda can sprout indoors.
The Pines and the Picea should be sowed outdoors, to sprout in the Spring.

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New to Bonsai! 8 months 1 week ago #55764

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Quick update..

My Juniper has been living on my front porch.. temperatures have been down in the teens (farenheit) so far it's still looking good!!

Not sure where to move it too when summer comes though since it gets really hot on the porch..

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New to Bonsai! 8 months 6 days ago #55803

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The temperature will only really effect how much and how often you water.. junipers can take a wide variety of temperatures...what kind of temperatures do you get? junipers like lots of sun, so the porch might not be the best place, if it gets too much shade.

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