Cultivating Juniper Berries - Knowledgebase Question

Silver Spring, MD
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Question by BL1456
May 9, 1998
What conditions are necessary in order to facilitate berry production on junipers?

Answer from NGA
May 9, 1998
There's nothing like the surprising scent of juniper berries! If you're going to start a new planting, here's what you can provide to improve the harvest of berries. Junipers need a light, sandy, well-drained soil and full sun. The best time for transplant is early spring or fall, though you can plant them anytime the ground's not frozen. They'll need plenty of water the first year, and once the roots are well established, they'll be pretty care-free. If you need to remove crowded, damaged or diseased branches, it's best to do so in early spring while they're dormant. Prune them off where the branch meets the trunk.

For fruit production, you'll need both male and female shrubs. I'm not sure which cultivars of Juniperus communis have berries with the best blend of essential oils, but maybe you can find this out by checking out the links at this website:

Good luck to you!

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