Pruning Cedar Bonsai - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Stoughton, MA
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Question by wellford
December 17, 1998
My juniper bonsai is three years old and doing very well with the care I give it. However, I have never pruned it. I don't know how to, so I have been afraid that I'd harm it. I would like information on how to prune and the best time to do it.

Answer from NGA
December 17, 1998
Congratulations on taking such good care of your plant! Caring for and pruning bonsai plants is such a specialized and intricate form of gardening that it is generally best to see pictures as well as read words when describing something as complex as repotting or pruning. A great resource for you is the American Bonsai Society, c/o Patricia DeGroot, P.O. Box 1136, Puyallup, WA 98371-1136, (206) 841-8992; web site: They have several publications available to help you begin to decide how to prune your bonsai.

Since you didn't mention which type of juniper you have, it is a bit difficult to make specific recommendations as you will see from the photographs at the site below.

This website provides information about a number of species used for bonsai based on information in Simon Schuster's book, Care of Bonsai: there is a page specifically for Japanese Garden Juniper: and one for Eastern Red Cedar which is another type of juniper:
I hope one of these will apply to yours.

Enjoy your bonsai!

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