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Looking for another houseplant for your home? Well, the ‘Blue Arrow’ is an excellent choice for individuals who want a formal, Mediterranean-style garden! Even in your front yard, this Blue arrow juniper makes the ideal outdoor Christmas tree. With its foliage that is dense, glossy, blue-green, and has a narrow upright pyramidal shape.
The tree produces very little plant life, but the bluish-silver berries that emerge near the end of spring and persist through the winter add to the appeal. Another good news for this beauty is that it can work in a variety of soil types, temperatures, and water supplies! In short, they are low maintenance kind of plant. It usually is robust and happy as long as it enjoys full sun and well-draining soil.
Did it capture your attention already? Read below to find out more!
Blue Arrow Juniper Plant Care Basics
Before anything else, have a sneak peek at the plant’s overview. It will help you big time in knowing this Blue arrow juniper.
Botanical name: Juniperus scopulorum
Another name: Blue Arrow Juniper Tree,
Plant type: Tree, shrub
Exposure to sunlight: Full sun
Soil type: Well-draining
Favorable climate: Tropical
Preferable fertilizer: Slow-released fertilizer
Toxicity Warning: Mildly toxic if ingested
Height: 12 feet tall
Origin: Pine Grove Nurseries, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USA
As mentioned earlier, this Rocky mountain juniper isn’t particular in any soil. One thing is for sure: aim for slightly acidic soil if you want it to be perfect. And another important to note is that the soil is that it drains effectively. It’s because the roots are averse to standing in water.
Pro tip: It is always ideal to prepare and enrich the soil before planting a fresh Blue Arrow from a garden center to give it a more leisurely start.
Another good thing about this Juniperus scopulorum blue arrow is that it can also withstand a lot of water while still becoming drought resistant. It will go like this: water your Juniper deeply a few times per week for the first month or two. And after your tree has established itself, you will only need to water it during periods of excessive heat or drought. Overwatering will be more likely to affect them than underwatering.
Pro tip: Trees in pots will need to be watered from time to time. Make sure there’s adequate drainage once more. Splashing water across the base will result in more damage than is necessary. Allow it to soak into the soil.
Because of the tree’s resilience, it may be planted in a variety of situations. The most important thing to remember is that it needs full sun. Ensure that it receives adequate sunshine for at least 6 hours every day during the morning sun.
However, consider putting them in partial shade during the day when the sun is at its hottest. This is to keep their lovely blue foliage from being harmed.
Temperature & Humidity Requirement
Once established, the Blue Arrow Juniper Tree can withstand a wide range of temperatures. In reality, if properly planted, it will thrive almost anywhere! The Blue Arrow is commonly used in locations where the famous Italian cypress is too cold to grow. This cultivar is unsuited to cold winters, but the Blue Arrow thrives in them.
The Juniper juniperus Ccopulorum blue isn’t fussy when you’ll give it more humidity or less. Because they aren’t that fussy at all. But misting it regularly is recommended, especially after it has been repotted. Aside from that, when the tree is fully established, you can forget about misting the plant at all.
The Blue Arrow does not require a lot of fertilizer because it is a robust and sturdy plant. But because all plants need nutrients, feeding the tree will help it grow stronger and more appealing.
Use a slow-release fertilizer when planting and once a year in the spring. Apply the fertilizer to the root zone as directed and thoroughly water it in. Unless you have exceptionally poor soil with little organic matter and nutrients, two to three times each year should suffice.
Pro tip: You can also use organic compost around the roots once a month. For this reason, you can use compost or bone meal.
Ready to multiply your Blue arrow juniper? It will require some time and patience when propagating this plant, but it is not difficult if you follow the steps correctly. The best way to propagate it is through stem cuttings. And remember that Summer is the most excellent time to take cuttings.
Here’s who you’ll propagate your Juniper juniperus Scopulorum blue:
- Look for new cuttings that are just starting to harden on a healthy plant.
- Make sure the soil is ready for the cuttings. In a medium-sized container, mix equal parts perlite and peat moss and add water. Remember to use a pot that has a drainage hole.
- A quality liquid or powder rooting hormone should be dipped into the clean tip of the cutting end. Although this is optional, it can promote fast growth to your new plant.
- Push the coated end of the cutting into the soil mix that has been prepared.
- You should insert it about a third and a half of the way into the cutting. Mist the cutting with a spray bottle and place a plastic bag over the pot.
- The cuttings should be kept in a warm, sunny location away from direct sunlight.
- Remove the bags only when new growth appears. It could take 6 to 8 weeks for the cuttings to root. Then there you have it! Your new and fresh Blue arrow.
The USDA hardiness zones 3–9 are acceptable for the Blue Point juniper.
This Arrow juniper Juniperus scopulorum looks excellent on its own or in groups in the garden. Another efficient approach to use the Blue Arrow Juniper Tree is in pots. This will undoubtedly limit the tree’s growth. Therefore, choose pots that are of sufficient size. And also pots that have good drainage.
Blue Point junipers are known for keeping their shape and tall, narrow form. However, these trees may require trimming or pruning from time to time to keep wayward branches in check. Pruning the tops of the branches also fosters sideways growth, resulting in a denser and broader plant.
Blue Arrow Juniper Varieties and Similar Plants
There are also similar plants like this Blue arrow juniper! If you’re interested to know, don’t worry because we’ll provide some of those gorgeous. They are:
Tolleson’s blue weeping juniper
Wherever you put it, the Blue Weeping Juniper becomes a center point. Its tall, graceful limbs are clothed in silver-blue foliage and weep softly. When compared to more typical plants, the delicate texture is a nice contrast. Blue Weeping Juniper is a lovely addition to a romantic garden. You can use it as a backdrop accent or as a foundation between windows.
Gin fizz Chinese juniper
This lovely, pyramidal evergreen produces a massive crop of blue-green fruits that add to the landscape’s pleasantly textured, colorful appeal. It can be used to build a luxuriant hedge for year-round coverage and privacy, or it can be used as a beautiful specimen. Juniper berries are what give gin its distinctive flavor, and they’re also what makes Gin Fizz juniper so remarkable.
‘Gold cone’ common juniper
‘Gold Cone’ is an evergreen variety with golden new straight, columnar, and slow-growing growth. Foliage emerges bright gold in the spring and retains its color well into the summer and early October. By winter, the golden leaf has faded to a bluish-green color.
Blue Arrow Juniper Diseases & Pests
A fun fact for this tree is that it is deer resistant. And not just that, they are also resistant to most pests and diseases. But if not properly taken care of, they’ll be susceptible. Such pests are Spider mites, juniper twig girdler, scale, juniper needle miner, bagworm, sawfly, and bark beetle.
Fortunately, insecticides exist that can help control these pests while inflicting minimum harm to their predators. Take a close look at the label and do some research. Another option is to use a powerful water jet to solve the problem. This may need to be done regularly to be effective.
This Blue arrow juniper that has been over-watered is also susceptible to diseases like kabatina and phomopsis blights. Waterlogging can also cause the roots to decay and the leaves to become yellow. If this occurs, have a checklist and check the symptoms. By doing this, you’ll have the proper diagnosis and know how to take care of it.
Frequently Asked Questions
The color and size of the needles are the key differences between Blue Arrow Juniper and Skyrocket Juniper. The needles of the Blue Arrow Juniper are bluer, whereas those of the Skyrocket Juniper are silvery green. Skyrocket Juniper is also somewhat narrower than Blue Arrow Juniper.
Yes! The Blue arrow junipers are fast growers. They can grow about 1 foot per year.
Plant them 1 meter (3 feet) apart if you want to create a display effect. This is the distance between the middle of the trunk and the top of the head.
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