Care Guide for Rocky Mountain Juniper
- Choose a location with well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
- Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball.
- Place the juniper in the hole, making sure it's level with the ground.
- Backfill the hole with soil and gently press down to remove any air pockets.
- Water thoroughly to settle the soil and remove any air pockets.
- Rocky Mountain junipers prefer well-drained soil.
- If the soil is heavy, mix in sand or grit to improve drainage.
- Junipers are not picky about soil pH and will grow in most soil types.
- Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the juniper.
- Avoid mulching too close to the trunk, as this can lead to rot.
- Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil and suppress weed growth.
- Rocky Mountain junipers need full sun to partial shade.
- If planting in partial shade, choose a location that gets morning sun and afternoon shade.
- Too much shade can lead to leggy growth and reduced vigor.
- Once established, Rocky Mountain junipers are quite drought-tolerant.
- Water regularly during the first growing season, then only as needed during dry periods.
- Overwatering can lead to root rot, so be careful not to overwater.
- Fertilize during the spring before new growth begins.
- If desired, apply a slow-release fertilizer in the spring.
- Avoid using
- Not necessary, it will maintain its columnar growth habit naturally.