Juniper is considered an undeniably low-maintenance and undemanding genus of plant kingdom among the gardeners. They love to bathe in sun and never fuss about the condition or quality of soil, except it should be well-drained.
Junipers are planted in fall as this encourages their root to settle in their environment and grow without any hesitance. On the other hand, juniper can also be started in spring but it requires a bit more water during this time.
It can be initiated both indoors and outdoors. For an indoor environment, juniper is obliged to receive at least 4 to 5 hours of sunlight and dry soil to flourish. However, junipers are not made to be captivated by indoor aura as they prefer to receive air humidity and sunlight which are obviously not part of the indoor setting.
Junipers are highly drought-resistant, can bear poor soil, and are not much cheered among pests which help them thrive with flying colors.
Juniper seeds take about a month to germinate. No matter how much the plant doesn’t like water but its seeds require it otherwise they undergo dormancy.
Junipers do not produce flowers, instead, their leaves are specialized enough to possess bracts that turn into cones. The trees are dioecious and produce male cones and female cones on different trees. The yellow male cones take the help of the wind to pollinate female cones and produce seeds. The plant pollinates twice i.e. in spring, from January to April, and fall, September to December.
The fruiting structure on the female juniper is a thing to behold. The soft luscious berries invite birds and other small animals to devour them and allow seeds dispersal. These chains of fine procedures help ensure the perpetuation of the lifecycle of juniper.