Blue Arrow Rock Juniper: Landing and Care Rules
Rock juniper Blue Arrow is able to decorate a personal plot or a local area. Its hard arrow-shaped shoots begin almost at the very base of the bush and form a pointed cone. The shape of the plant does not change even under the pressure of snow. Juniper high enough. Adult plant reaches 2-4 m in height. The annual growth is about 15 cm. The maximum height of the plant is 5 m. Externally, it looks like a thuja.
Juniper needles are soft, scaly, blue and sometimes almost blue. Blue Arrow is valued not only for its unusual color, but also for the fact that the lower branches of the plant do not die off for quite a long time. This allows him to keep decorative. Juniper can be planted in the composition of small landscape compositions or along the edge of the site. Plants planted at a short distance from each other, form a beautiful hedge.
Planting a plant
Juniper Blue Arrow can be grown from seeds collected from cones, but this is a very long and laborious process. It is better to buy a sapling in a good nursery and plant it on the plot. Bushes multiply well by cutting.
The plant is not demanding on the composition of the soil and place of growth, but under certain conditions, it is better to take root. Blue Arrow grows well in illuminated places, but the areas must be protected from the wind. The plant is sensitive to too bright sunshine in the first year after transplantation.
It is recommended to transplant a juniper seedling along with a clod of earth. In a suitable place for landing you need to make a deep and wide hole. The bottom of the fossa must be drained, then pour the mixture for conifers, mixed with the ground. It is permissible to prepare the nutrient substrate by yourself by mixing the following components:
- peat (50%);
- leaf earth (25%);
- sand (25%).
You can add to the hole when planting mineral fertilizers. This will improve survival. When planting it is necessary to ensure that the root system does not turn out to be sunk into the ground or protrude above the ground, and the roots are vertical. It is recommended to plant juniper in early spring or late autumn.
Juniper Blue Arrow is not very whimsical, but in the first few years after transplantation, some care is needed. It consists in regular watering and fertilizing. It is enough to water a sapling once a week, but it is necessary to be guided by weather conditions. When the plant is young, it is not desirable that the soil dries out. An adult plant does not require additional watering.
Mineral and organic fertilizers are recommended to be applied to the soil once a year in the first few years after plant transplantation. You can choose the feeding, intended for coniferous trees. If the juniper is planted in tubs, transfer to a larger volume is required 1 time per year. From time to time the bushes need to be cut to give them a beautiful and regular shape.
Juniper has good winter hardiness, but in harsh climates it is necessary to cover the soil around the plants with a special material or coniferous branches. Mulching also helps to survive the cold. Spring mulching of soil around the bushes helps to preserve moisture.
Blue Arrow is susceptible to various kinds of diseases. Often plants infect pathogenic fungal microorganisms.Outwardly, this is expressed in cracking of the bark, the appearance of bulges on the trunk and branches, yellowing of the needles. To destroy the pathogen, the plant is sprayed with a solution of copper sulphate.
Proper care includes the prevention of possible infections. After pruning the branches, it is necessary to smear the cuts with a garden pitch. In early spring, it is recommended to treat plants with 1% Bordeaux mixture.
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