Fickle Junipers

I’ve got these junipers, three in the front and three in the back, and for the most part we get along great. But there are these two suckers who just won’t play ball and I don’t get it. All three junipers in the front and back were planted at the same time, get the same amount of sun and are recipients of the same watering regimen. So why is there one plant from each group that looks to be either on their death bed or already kicked it?

Happy Juniper

And the happy junipers sad brother. I’m calling it Eeyore.

One of these things is not like the others.

I’ve lost a plant or two, or 10 before, so it’s not as if this is some new phenomenon. And I know not every specimen can survive the summer season, but why is there such a disparity with my junipers? If one was going to kick it, you’d think all of them would. The world of gardening sure is full mystery.


3 Comments on “Fickle Junipers”

  1. kmom says:

    Beats me, but I’d rip those cadavers up and plant another couple. Now is a more congenial planting time. Don’t mourn too long over them, move on.

  2. When you plant junipers the hole needs to be slightly bigger than the root ball and add some pea gravel at the bottom of the hole too. Junipers love being fed – I buy these shrub food stakes and for your size shrub could put half in the ground by each shrub (once in the spring and once in the fall). Then let them grow and they are slow to get going, but once you have it nailed with soil, food and water those babies will take off. Good Luck!


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