The Q&A Archives: New Spiral Juniper Turned Brown

Question: Over this past summer I purchased a Spiral Juniper. I planted the Juniper after it had been sitting in its pot for about 4 to 6 weeks. The Juniper looked pretty good when I planted it but now it has turned brown. Is there anything that I can do to save it?

Answer: If the plant has turned completely brown, there may not be anything you can do to save it. Junipers require a sunny site in fast draining soils. They definitely don't like wet feet. You can assess the health of your juniper by scraping the bark off the stems, looking for live, green tissue. If the stems are brown all the way through, I'd say your juniper is a goner and will need to be replaced. If you find green tissue directly under the bark of the stems, there's still hope. Prune off the obviously dead plant parts and wait for it to grow new branches and leaves.

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