How to Water a Juniper Shrub


Juniper shrubs (Juniperus spp.) are evergreen conifers that grow from four inches to 50 feet tall. Junipers produce needle-like leaves and berry-like cones. This conifer prefers full sun and well-draining soil. The popular woody shrub is drought tolerant, but grows best when watered during dry weather. Use juniper shrubs as groundcovers, foundation plantings, screens, bonsais, hedges and windbreaks. After watering properly a few times, you will figure out a good watering schedule for your juniper shrub in the area where you live.

Step 1

Check the soil under the juniper shrub to see if it is dry. Stick your finger into the soil up to half an inch deep. If the soil feels dry to the touch, water the juniper shrub.

Step 2

Place the end of the hose under the branches of the juniper shrub. Position it close to the trunk, and turn on the water. This sends the water over the root area.

Step 3

Soak the area around the roots for five to 10 minutes. Turn the water off, and let the water drain into the soil. Depending on the soil type, it may take a few minutes.

Step 4

Turn the water back on and soak the ground again for five to 10 minutes. It is better to water the juniper shrub deeply to promote the growth of deep roots than to water shallowly, which promotes shallow root growth.

Step 5

Turn off the water and put the hose away. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again. If it rains during the week, then the juniper shrub will not need watering.

Tips and Warnings

  • Juniper shrubs do not recover well from severe pruning. It is best to prune lightly and frequently to control the size and shape of the juniper shrub.

Things You'll Need

  • Hose
  • Water


  • Clemson University Extension: Juniper
  • Sleepy Hollow Bonsai: Growing Your Juniper Bonsai
Keywords: juniperus, watering juniper shrubs, juniper shrub care

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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.