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How to Care for Pom-Pom Juniper

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Gardeners often cut pom-pom juniper (Juniperus) foliage into small whimsical pom-poms or poodle-like shapes. Gardeners commonly use pom-pom junipers as a type of ground cover or spreading shrub, since the evergreen grows wider than it does tall. Although juniperus tolerates poor soils, drought and heavy pruning, the plant does not tolerate wet or full shade growing conditions.

Plant a pom-pom juniper cutting or established plant in full to partial sun. Soil pH doesn’t necessarily matter since juniperus adapts to the soil conditions.

Space new plants 5 feet apart, or closer together to fill in areas more quickly.

Water the new plantings until the soil is wet but not saturated.

Cover the soil with 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help control weeds and retain moisture.

Water the plant regularly the first year to help the plant establish a strong root system. Water the plant when the soil feels dry. Avoid over-watering the soil; keep it moist but not soggy. Depending upon the amount of sun your plant received, and the weather, you may need to water the plant every two to three days.

Prune the pom-pom as needed to keep it in your desired area. Pom-pom junipers tend to grow quicker than other juniper varieties. Prune the plant making clean cuts with the clippers, avoiding jagged edges.

Allow the juniper to grow naturally, or shape it into pom-pom shapes with cleaned clippers.

Tip

Pom-pom juniper foliage is itchy if you rub up against it. Protect yourself by wearing gloves and long-sleeved clothing.

Use juniperus around rocky slopes, near retaining walls. You can also plant it through weed blocking fabric.

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