What is a juniper?
There is a plant in the world of conifers which can become your "evergreen friend". In addition to aesthetic beauty, it also has medicinal properties.
This wonderful plant is called Juniper.
The love of landscape designers for junipers is very justified: The many varieties and species of this coniferous plant of the cypress family are impressive in their wealth of forms, sizes and colors. Juniper can be groundcover, forming a hedge, forming a statue shape in decorative pruning. The height of juniper is from 20 cm up to 15 m, and the range of needles is from bright green to golden yellow to silvery blue.
Health benefits of juniper
Juniper berries and needles have beneficial, medicinal properties for the body, as they contain essential oils, vitamins, organic acids, macro- and microelements. Juniper essential oil has a diuretic, choleretic, expectorant, antimicrobial effects. Decoctions and infusions of juniper cones help in diseases of the respiratory tract. The needles of juniper - a strong bactericidal agent. Oil made of juniper has anti-cellulite effect. Juniper normalizes heart function, blood pressure, blood circulation, treats toothache, swelling, dermatitis. In addition, juniper cleans the air in the garden, killing germs. Its smell calms the nervous system and improves sleep.
Now you know that juniper in the garden is the best friend and healer.
How to grow this healthy plant?
First of all, junipers love sun and deep watering. The soil must be drained (that is, with a normal water balance). For this purpose, special drains are made in the soil. For planting juniper, select seedlings of 3-4 years old. Planting is carried out in a hole at a depth twice as deep as the height of the sapling itself, cover with earth so that it rises above the hole for 8-10 cm and cover with a breathable layer of mulch: leaves, peat, fabric height of 10 cm.
If you plant several junipers at once - the distance between them should be from 1.5 to 4 meters.
Secondly, the juniper very much likes to spray the crown. It should be sprayed immediately after planting and then throughout the year. To keep your juniper needles healthy and beautiful, we recommend spraying them once a week in the early morning or late evening with "Reasil®" complex organomineral fertilizer for conifers. This will help the conifers to avoid damage from the sun, wind and snow, prevent rusting of needles in winter, stimulates intensive growth of the plant.
7 popular species of juniper for landscape design with their various varieties
One species - Common Juniper (lat. Juniperus communis) - coniferous tree 8 m high, grows in forests.
The following varieties of juniper are mainly used in landscape design:
2 species - Juniperus chinensis (lat. Juniperus chinensis)-can be a shrub or a tree.
The varieties of Juniperus chinensis:
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3 species - Juniperus horizontal (Lat. Juniperus horizontalis)-a stalked shrub.
Juniperus horizontalis varieties:
4 species - Juniperus rock (lat. Juniperus scopulorum)-a cone-shaped shrub or tree 10 m high.
Rocky Juniperus varieties:
(Lat. Juniperus squamata)-bushy shrub.
The varieties of scaly juniper:
6 species - Juniperus virginiana (lat. Juniperus virginiana)-a tree up to 30 m high.
7 species- Juniperus Cossack (Lat. Juniperus sabina) is a creeping shrub up to 1.5 m high.
Cossack juniper varieties:
Wish you find your cherished "juniper tree" for the garden among the various species and varieties, which will please you all the year round with its evergreen crown, medicinal properties and resinous aroma!
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