Juniper Blue Carpet is an evergreen coniferous shrub. It is characterized by a flat leaf crown. The grade received the name for needles of silver-blue color. Under favorable growing conditions can tie berries of dark blue color. Read about horizontal juniper!
The description of the Juniper Blue Carpet is as follows:
- bush height 30-40 cm,
- width up to 1.5 meters
- longevity over 200 years.
Juniper juice has toxic properties, so all the work on the care is best done in rubber gloves.
The main value of the variety Blue Carpet is unpretentious and fast growth.
Planting and care
Planting and caring for Juniper Blue Carpet are not particularly difficult. The plot for its cultivation must meet the following requirements:
- High level of light.
- Lack of closely located groundwater.
- Non-saline soil.
The best time for planting a blue carpet juniper for a permanent place is spring or early autumn. The size of the planting pit depends on the size of the acquired seedling. On moist soils at the bottom of the landing pit, drainage is necessarily equipped with a layer of rubble or broken brick. After the completion of planting works, the stem of the plant is desirable to be mulched with a layer of peat.
Care for the Blue Carpet scaly juniper after planting consists in systematic watering. Adult specimens are usually more drought-resistant than young ones, so they are watered only during severe droughts.
Juniper responds very well to the evening spraying the crown with cool water.
Also do not forget about the removal of weeds. To reduce the amount of weed pristvolny circle covered with a layer of mulch from pine bark, chips or gravel. Every spring in spring junipers fertilize with special fertilizer for coniferous crops. In his absence, you can also use nitroammofoskoy.
Juniper Blue Carpet can sometimes suffer from the rays of the bright spring sun. To protect the plant from sunburn, its crown in the fall is covered with a non-woven covering material in white or a special green mesh. It does not require additional protection from the winter cold. In most regions, it tolerates even the most severe winters.
The variety Blue Carpet does not need formative pruning. The exceptions are cases when there are diseased or dry branches on the plant. When growing juniper in the vicinity of deciduous plants, when preparing it for wintering, it is necessary to ensure that there is no leaf litter in its crown. In the process of decay, it can damage the branches or even cause the bush to partially decay.
Photo of juniper blue carpet in landscape design
Photos of juniper Blue Carpet very often can be found on specialized resources devoted to landscape design. It is quite popular, affordable and unpretentious plant. You can use it in a variety of garden compositions.
Very often, Blue Carpets create spectacular single groups against the background of the lawn. The only drawback of such compositions is the inconvenience of mowing the lawn around them. It is much more convenient to include juniper in the composition of other groups of conifers. For example, creeping Blue Carpet can be planted in the foreground, and taller juniper varieties can be placed behind it.
You can also create more complex compositions using other coniferous crops, deciduous shrubs and herbaceous perennials. The flowering annuals look good against the background of juniper. When creating such groups, the most important thing is to maintain the correct distance between the plants so that they can fully develop without overwhelming each other.
Thanks to the creeping form, Blue Carpet can be used for decorating slopes, as well as a ground cover plant. It is suitable for growing on an alpine slide or in flat rockeries. It is possible to decorate this juniper even the coast of a garden reservoir.
Especially good Blue Carpet is combined with the following plants:
- garden geraniums
- spring bulbous,
- grassy ground covers.
It is irreplaceable in urban landscaping. This variety is highly resistant to polluted urban air and perfectly amenable to artistic formation. If necessary, it can even be used as a container culture.
Blue Carpet Juniper Varieties
If you study the description of the juniper Blue Carpet, then it has blue, hard shoots, as well as soft, scaly needles. Its fruits are in the form of miniature cones, similar to blue berries. The lower twigs grow practically from the root of the bush, they are preserved for years and create a natural, green carpet on the lawn, so freezing of the juniper by Blue Carpet happens extremely rarely.
Juniper has a lot of varieties, among which a little more than a dozen remain the most popular. For example, the size of the juniper Blue Carpet more compact - only 0.6 meters in height. The Blue Star variety has the appearance of a small tree with a dense, pin-shaped crown. The Blue Chip is the slowest growing variety than the Blue Carpet Scoamata juniper, as it can reach a maximum of 0.5 meters in height.
Blue Forest differs from others in its compact size and sparse branches. Blue Svid has a fluffy, compact crown, Ice Blue is a dwarf shrub, so no more than 50 cm in height. The Blue Danub variety stands out with an outspread, green crown, and Blue Arrow is a conical, green shrub that looks like an arrow. Of the options presented, the Juniper Blue Carpet on the shtambe remains the most sought-after, as it is not whimsical in care, does not require regular pruning, is able to endure adversity in the form of severe frost and drought. See also the article: Unique horizontal juniper Andorra Variegata.
Planting Juniper Blue Carpet on the site
If the juniper is to be planted, then it is advisable to choose spacious, sunny places where there is fertile soil, and there is no water stagnation. Bushes are planted at a distance of 2 meters, given their size. The pit for planting should be a maximum of 70 cm in depth and in diameter. At its bottom make a layer of drainage, sand and broken bricks. Before you put the juniper in the planting hole, the neck of the bush should be pulled out over the ground.
For planting juniper, it is necessary to choose a slightly acidic or neutral soil with the addition of sand, peat and turf land. After planting a bush, it is watered abundantly throughout the week, until the plant is fully established. If the summer is dry, the shrub must be periodically watered.
All junipers do not tolerate heat and dry air very well, so they need to be sprayed every day. Fertilizers need to be applied in April or May. If a very young bush is planted, then it requires a shallow, periodic loosening of the soil.
In winter, it is advisable to sprinkle a young bush with peat in a layer of 10 cm. Colony-like varieties are tied up with a rope for the winter in order to protect them from heavy snowfall, wind and cold.
Vegetative reproduction of junipers and seeds
Since juniper is considered a dioecious plant, it can be propagated by vegetative means and seeds. If it is a decorative form of a plant, it is impossible to grow it with seeds, therefore, they use only the cuttings of juniper in order to divide the bush. The shrub can be female and male, their differences are determined by the type of crown. For example, a male specimen has a narrow, ovoid crown, while a female specimen is open and loose. In the spring, male bushes acquire yellow stripes, while female ones form green, miniature buds.
The fruits of the plant are rounded in diameter 0.8 cm, they ripen in early autumn. At first they are green, and a little later they turn blue with a slight white bloom. The aroma of berries is spicy, but the taste is very bitter, inside the cone there are three seeds. Some gardeners think juniper breeds spores or not, and how to grow these seeds? To get the first shoots, the seeds are placed in the fall in boxes, and then they are taken out on the street for storage. In May, these seeds are sown directly in the beds, but the first juniper sprout will appear only next year.
Any decorative forms of juniper propagated exclusively by cutting. First, cuttings of at least 12 cm in length are cut from an adult bush and cleaned from the lower coniferous twigs. Next, all the old wood is removed and placed on the day in the water with the addition of Heteroauxin or other growth stimulant. After that, the branches are placed in the soil of sand and peat, where they must take root. Planted cuttings closed film and put in the shade. Periodically branches need to be sprayed and watered. If a strong, healthy shrub was used for breeding, then the cuttings of juniper will show their results after 45 days, when the root system of young seedlings begins to develop. After two or three months, rooted bushes are planted in a permanent place where they can spend the winter. If necessary, young branches are transplanted to another place in 2-3 years, when they are fully formed.
Care for juniper scaly blue carpet
What kind of juniper care is required? Since the juniper scaly Blue Carpet perfectly retains moisture, it is often not necessary to water it, that is, 2-3 times per season. However, if the summer is very hot, then watering is desirable to do 2 times a month. Normally there is 10-30 liters of water for a large, adult plant. In the evening it should be sprayed once a week. Chinese and ordinary juniper are the most susceptible to drought, the Virginian variety is more drought-resistant.
Young juniper bushes need constant loosening of the soil, but it must be shallow to avoid damage to the roots. Usually this work is done after weeding and watering.
It is very important, after planting the Blue Carpet flake juniper, to mulch the soil with wood chips, peat, pine nuts and pine bark, the average mulch layer should be 8 cm.
Juniper Blue Carpet is famous for the unusual coloring of its needles - soft blue (see photo). Needles, pointed at the end, grow by 1 cm in length. The crown is shaped like a pillow, widely spreading parallel to the surface of the earth. In the year, the crown grows by about 8 cm. The plant produces fruits - these are typical for juniper cones of dark blue with a waxy bloom.
Note that the juice of the plant is poisonous, so when working with it, it is recommended to wear gloves on your hands and protect your face with a mask.
The plant is loved by landscape designers and much appreciated. Often images of juniper Blue Carpet can be found in various books, brochures and glossy magazines on garden decoration. Coniferous shrub is very popular because of its pronounced decorative, versatile use, unpretentiousness. You can use it in garden design in a wide and varied way.
Often, monocompositions are formed from several copies. Such groups look very impressive, but there is also a minus - it is inconvenient to mow the lawn around them. To care for the site was carried out properly and with comfort, it is better to plant juniper Blue Carpet in groups with other hvoynikami.
In addition to conifers, deciduous plants, herbaceous, even flowering plants can also be included in such compositions:
It is important to maintain a distance between the plants so that they do not suppress each other.
Since this juniper form is creeping, ground cover, it is used in landscape design to decorate and strengthen the slopes, stony areas. Good will look conifer and on the alpine slide, and rockeries.
Shrub is also widely used in landscaping of city parks and streets. Since the juniper of this type is stable in polluted air, harmful emissions, it feels quite well in the most polluted places of the city. In addition, it can easily be given an artistic form and made a real decoration of the surrounding landscape.
Location and lighting
Like most other junipers, this one also loves sunny areas. It should be remembered that the bright and abundant lighting of the plant is the key to the bright color of its needles. Planting in the shade is not recommended, because the shrub in such a place will become blurred, will become loose, will lose most of its beauty.
Lowland areas of the garden are not suitable, since juniper roots do not like stagnant moisture.
Temperature and humidity
The plant is resistant to cold, but in regions with cool winters it is better to shelter. The juniper does not impose any special requirements on the humidity level, it is not afraid of drafts.
The plant is able to take root and develop safely in any soil. However, if you want to milk the particularly rapid growth of juniper and its magnificent crown, plant it in fertile soil. It is important that the soil is not waterlogged.
Also make sure that the ground is not saline before planting.
We learn when and how to plant a juniper Blue Carpet in the open ground.
Gardeners recommend planting this plant in open ground, either in spring or in autumn. The second option is more suitable for southerners, but spring planting is recommended in the north due to the peculiarities of the local cold climate.
Planting in stages
- The pit is dug in accordance with the size of the roots of the seedling.
- At the bottom of the recess should lay a drainage layer of crushed brick or small gravel.
- The seedling is placed vertically at the bottom of the pit, sprinkled with soil from all sides.
- The ground around the plant must be compacted.
- Water the seedling and grind the perennial circle with peat.
Several important recommendations regarding the planting of this ornamental hodgepipe.
- Do not plant the plant into a poorly nourished, untreated soil. In such conditions, even if the shrub and take root, pomp, active growth and a high level of decoration, he can not demonstrate.
- Pits for planting should not be very deep (about half a meter), but wide, since the roots of the plant are superficial.
- Drainage is necessary - especially if the soil is clay, dense.
- Mineral fertilizers and manure should not be added before planting in the pit.
- If you plant several shrubs at once, between them leave a distance of at least half a meter or two.
- The root neck of a plant should not be buried.
How to care
What care is needed juniper Blue Carpet, we find out further.
Soil moistening is necessary in this case systematic, regular - especially after planting a young plant. When a juniper becomes an adult, it no longer needs frequent watering - it will be necessary to moisten the soil only during a period of intense heat, drought.
However, at any age during the summer heat the shrub responds very well to external spraying of the crown with water. For procedures, choose the time of the evening or morning, so that the needles are not burned.
The plant is fertilized annually: we recommend using for this purpose a special feeding for conifers. If specialized fertilizer could not be obtained, it is possible to use a nitroammofoska for the next feeding.
Protection and wintering
If the plant is planted in the sun, it may suffer from aggressive midday rays. To protect the pine needles from burning out in the spring, gardeners cover a bush with white non-woven fabric or a green grid from autumn.
In cold weather, the plant does not require additional protection; it tolerates frosty winters quite well. The exceptions are the regions with a little snowy and very frosty winter: in this case, juniper can be covered with cardboard sheets or agrofibre sacking.
A young squamata needs a winter shelter regardless of the region’s climate. Protect the shrub from freezing at least the first couple of winterings. Consider that as a result of the freezing of the needles of the plant, it acquires an ugly brown shade.
In the fall, make sure that the branches of the bush did not remain fallen leaves from higher plants. The fact is that the leaves in winter can be damp, rotten, which will lead to the sprouting of the juniper shoots. Remove all foliage.
Formation of the crown of this plant is not required. However, if there are diseased branches, dry, broken, it is necessary to carry out sanitary pruning, and save the shrub from a probable source of infection. Usually sanitary pruning is carried out in the spring after a thorough examination of the plant.
Protection against pests, diseases
Juniper Blue Carpet rust is the most common disease. Arceride, diluted according to the instructions, will help to cope with the scourge. To get rid of rust completely, it is supposed to spray the bush in four steps with a ten-day interval.
From the pests to hit juniper can:
Иногда к этой группе насекомых еще присоединяется моль минирующая. Справляются с вредителями следующим образом:
- тлю опрыскивают «Фитовермом» — в два приема с двухнедельным интервалом,
- моль уничтожают «Децисом» — опрыскивание по той же схеме, что и выше,
- паутинного клеща можно удалить при помощи препарата Каратэ,
- от щитовки можжевельник защитит всем хорошо известный Карбофос.
We learned how to plant a Blue Carpet juniper in the garden and how to take care of this plant. Take all responsibility to the choice of the planting site of this plant - after all, the shrub can live more than two hundred years. With proper site selection and proper care, juniper Blue Carpet is actively developing and delights with its beauty.
Brief outline of the plant
Juniper has a light undemanding disposition, and therefore is popular with designers and private homeowners. The juniper scaly "Blue Carpet" received the name because of the color of its crown - silver-blue. And the fruits of the bush are thick-blue, with a waxy bloom.
The needles of this variety are up to 1 cm long, pointed, needle-like. The crown grows to a diameter of more than two meters, an adult has a height of 50-60 centimeters to the “Blue Carpet”, and in a year it grows up to 5 cm.
China is considered the homeland of the scaly juniper, or rather, its mountainous areas - the Eastern Himalayas.
There are 70 species of plants. Blue Carpet belongs to the family of cypress ornamental shrubs.
It is possible to give a general characteristic of this variety of scaly juniper:
- Spread crown up to 60 cm in diameter, up to 2.5 m in diameter,
- Lifespan up to 50 years
- Silver-blue, short, up to 1 cm, needle needles,
- At any time of the year, the color of the needles and the shape of the crown of the bush does not change, which makes Blue Carpet quite popular in design projects,
- Slow annual growth - in the height and width of the bush adds less than 5 cm, which is also appreciated by lovers of decorating, picturesque plants,
- The plant does not require regular watering, and it grows well on almost any soil,
- It tolerates low temperatures, while not losing its charm. Blue Carpet successfully coexists with garden geraniums, roses, tulips, daffodils, and many more flowers. It looks great in a group of other grassy, deciduous or coniferous plants.
Placement on a permanent place
In order to plant a new plant in its area, it is necessary, when choosing a permanent place of residence for it, to observe such conditions,
- The place must have good lighting, in the shade or half-shade the plant loses its “charm”, becomes loose, with fuzzy outlines,
- It is highly undesirable at the landing site close to the surface of the groundwater,
- Saline undesirable.
Put "Blue Carpet" in March or September or October.
Based on the size of the seedling digging a hole up to 70 cm in depth. If the soil is overmoistened, drainage is put on the bottom of it - crushed stone, expanded clay, other inert materials. A mixture consisting of two parts of peat and one part of sand and earth taken from under the trees is prepared.
Upon completion of planting, the trunk circle is mulched with sawdust, shavings, other suitable material. It is desirable that the mulch thickness was not less than 8 cm. The young seedling requires systematic irrigation.
To get the seedling of the flake juniper "Blue Carpet", the cutting method is used. By the way, this method is used for breeding any varieties of decorative junipers; it is impossible to grow them from seeds. The grafting process is as follows.
- From an adult, 8-10 year old plants are separated by annual shoots 15-20 cm long and cleaned by 3-5 cm from the lower twigs,
- The resulting stalk should have a so-called heel - a piece of old wood. It is dipped in water for one day with a growth stimulant added to it, for example, Heteroauxin,
- Next, the cuttings are immersed in a sand-peat mixture for rooting, covered with agrofibre or plastic wrap, and placed in a dimly lit place. Shoots prepared for germination, periodically watered and sprayed,
- The success of grafting is visible after a month and a half, when the young seedlings will have a root system,
- Landing in the ground, on the prepared space, occurs in 2.5-3 months.
Note! When planting a new juniper sapling, it is necessary to control the root neck, it should not be covered with soil.
Juniper care operations
In general, the work on the "maintenance" of the plant is not particularly difficult. However, any plant requires some attention. For the scaly "Blue Carpet" care is in such operations:
In hot, dry summers, it is necessary to irrigate the plant once or twice a week. Juniper reacts poorly to dry air, it must be systematically sprayed in the early morning or in the evening, when the sun hides to protect the plant from burns.
For feeding "Blue Carpet" is used nitroammofosk or other mineral fertilizers, which can be purchased at any store for gardeners. Such top dressing is made in the spring. In the fall, potash-phosphate fertilizers are used for this purpose - potassium monophosphate, nitrophos, preparations "AVA" and "Autumn".
Juniper Blue Carpet in general does not require pruning, which forms a crown or pursues other goals. However, in the spring, if necessary, cut the "wrong", damaged, dry branches.
Note! When pruning, removing weeds from the circle of pristvolny circle, you need to work in mittens, because in the juice of juniper a lot of toxic substances that irritate the skin.
Pest and disease control
For juniper, the most serious pests are the aphid, scab, and spider mite. Still loves this plant miner mole. Against aphids apply the agent "Fitoferm", the method of its use is indicated on the packaging.
Spider mite is afraid of the drug "Karate", and karbofos shchitovka. To destroy the mining moth is applied "Detsis".
Juniper is most susceptible to rust. It is necessary to fight it with the help of the Arcerida solution. Sick shrub sprayed 4 times at intervals of 10 days.
Do I need to cover the plant for the winter
Usually juniper tolerates harsh winters well, but sometimes frosts and winds can lead to partial freezing of needles. The consequence of this can be a brown unpleasant shade of it. Good gardeners, however, cover low-growing shrubs with agrofibre or other covering materials. Bottom zone is insulated with sawdust, shavings, peat 10 cm thick.
It is recommended compulsory shelter for young plants aged 1-3 years.
Despite the fact that the needles of the juniper under consideration contain toxic substances, it also has positive characteristics. The fruits of "Blue Carpet", they are called cones, are used in medicine, they extract the essential oil, which has high antiviral, bactericidal and insecticidal qualities.
In conclusion, it should be noted that with very little effort, but proper care, juniper “Blue Carpet” will please its owner with beauty for a long time, and give it clean, fresh air.
Juniper Scaly Blue Carpet
A feature of the juniper flake Blue Carpet (Blue carpet) is accelerated growth. By ten years, the height of the plant is more than sixty centimeters. Creeping juniper variety has needle-shaped blue needles. Reproduction occurs by seed and cuttings. Landing in the last way is preferable. The plant grows faster than from seeds, has a beautiful appearance.
Grows on any soilbut does not tolerate permanent waterlogging. Blue Carpet tolerates drought well, likes sunny or slightly shaded places. In winter, the shrub should not be covered with large snowdrifts due to the fragility of the branches. It is better to plant the shrub in a place protected from the cold northern winds. Depending on the preferred composition, plants are planted from fifty centimeters to three meters apart.
A place to plant a plant should be chosen to be lit, but so that direct sunlight does not burn the branches. For planting take a young bush, as it takes root better, preferably before the age of five. Older plants have a long root that cannot be damaged.
Experts recommend planting plants in early spring when the snow melts. Landing in later timing can lead to sunburn and death of unrooted plants. The soil must be of medium acidity, nutritious and not too clay, otherwise moisture will stagnate and the plant will die. It is not recommended to replant the bush from place to place, the root system is broken.
For planting, a pit is dug a little larger than the entire root. The bottom is filled with pebbles or rubble (up to twenty centimeters). Then poured a layer of a mixture of turf, peat soil and sand. The same root closes the entire root system. The soil around the plant is not crushed. After landing, it gradually settles and then it will be possible to pour a little mixture.
The breeding of juniper flake Blue Carpet can be produced by cuttings and seeds. The last method is a long process. Therefore, they use the cutting method.
In spring, cuttings from 10 to 15 centimeters in length are cut from an adult ten-year-old bush. At the bottom of the branches remove pine needles and planted in a soil mixture of sand, turf and peat. Planting cover with plastic film and leave in a slightly shaded place for a month. Sometimes the cuttings are watered. In early summer, after the regrowth of the roots, the cuttings are planted in open ground.
Winter in The first year after planting the plant should be covered due to the risk of freezing in extreme cold. It can withstand the lowest possible temperature up to - 29 degrees Celsius. Do not cover with a large layer because of the danger of vyprevaniya branches. In the summer, watering the bush is carried out no more than three times (in hot weather) in the evening. The optimal rate for an adult bush - 20 liters of water. It can be sprayed with water.
The main care is in the following procedures:
- soil cover with a mulching material with a layer up to 10 cm (humus, hay, straw),
- decorative trimming
- removal of dry twigs.
For the formation of a lush crown produce enhanced pruning. But one should not make thick plantings of bushes due to the risk of decay and dying off of the needles.
Important! In early spring and before the start of active sap flow, the plant should be pritenyat to avoid sunburn of the needles.
The juniper scaly is presented by a number of popular decorative grades.
- Blue Carpet.
- Floreant (Floreant).
- Hunnetorp (Hannetorp).
- Blue Star.
- Blue Swede.
- Prince of Wales.
- Golden flame.
- Dream Joy.
- Blue Spider (Blue Spider).
- Blue Alps.
Under natural conditions, juniper scaly recovers poorly. This conifer plant is long-lived. Depending on the variety, the life span is from 500 to 6 thousand years. Blue Carpet is the fastest growing and most popular type of juniper scaled creeping.
Very appreciated for its high decorative properties.. The variety can be planted on stony places, roofs. Used for registration of rock gardens, borders, strengthening the soil on gentle plots. When making a garden and planting other crops should be aware that the branches of the shrub grow in width. Can be planted in the penumbra, but does not tolerate an absolute lack of lighting.
For planting seedlings will require:
- nutrient soil (a mixture of peat, sand and garden soil),
- watering can,
- gloves to protect your hands,
- bucket or basin
- nitrophoska or other mineral fertilizer,
For the planting of juniper, choose a place with good solar lighting and moderately moist soil.
Prepare a pit with a size of 60x60 cm. There is a rule that the size of the pit for planting should exceed the size of the earthen coma by 3-5 times. At the bottom of the pit, fill the clay with a layer of 15-20 cm or broken bricks for drainage.
Fill the pit with a mixture of peat (50% of the volume), garden soil and sand (in equal proportions). It is advisable to add to the pit immediately upon planting 200 -300 grams of nitrophoska for better development of the seedling.
The secrets of growing juniper in the garden can be found in our article.
Place the seedling directly with the pot in a container filled with water (for example, a bucket or basin, where the water level will be slightly lower than the height of the pot). You can add to the water growth stimulants of the roots of the type "Kornevin". Apply them according to the instructions on the package. Water through the drainage holes will saturate the earthen room completely and the seedling will be easily removed from the pot.
Carefully turn the pot with the plant, one hand holding the bush by the root of the neck. With your second hand, remove the pot from the earthen clod. Juniper is a spiky plant, so wear leather gloves to keep your hands off.
Plant the plant in the prepared well in such a way that the root neck is 5-7 cm above the soil level. Sprinkle the soil, slightly compact it with your hands around the seedling.
Water the plant with the same water in which it is settled. In general, the first day you need to water several times, allowing the soil to settle and pouring new land. The total amount of water for irrigation is about 10 liters on the first day, and 5-6 liters for 7-10 days after planting.
Within 10 days after planting, juniper desirable pritenyat. Do not fertilize the plant for the first three months, the contents of the planting pit will be enough for it to root in a new place.
Juniper scaly blue carpe
Junipers are very textured plants, they combine well with hosts, Badani, daylilies. If you have planted several plants with the expectation that in a few years they will form a solid carpet, fill the space between them with these companion plants, and you will have a ready-made garden composition in 2-3 years.
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Blue Carpet to a group of evergreen, flat growing shrubs. It was bred in 1972 by Dutch breeders from the variety “Meyeri”. The needle of the plant is needle-like, pointed, silver-blue, reaches a length of about 1 cm. The wide crown resembles a shapeless pillow, like in many creeping plants. Its diameter can be up to 2.5 m. The fruits of the shrub have a dark blue color with a white wax coating.
For the year juniper grows by 8–10 cm. This variety of coniferous plants reaches a height of no more than 60 cm. His “character” is unpretentious and docile, therefore gardeners and landscape designers prefer the Blue Carpet variety to decorate parks and gardens.
Where better to plant juniper
Before you start planting juniper "Blue Carpet", you must choose a suitable place for its growth in open ground and further care.
Choose a better sunny spot for planting this shrub. In shading, it acquires fuzzy outlines, and also becomes loose and loses its appeal.
This variety grows well in any places, but the best option would be fertile enriched soil, where there is no stagnant water.
Before planting it is necessary to prepare a soil mixture of peat (2 parts), sod land (1 part) and sand (1 part). Depending on the size of the plants, a distance of between 0.5 and 2 m is observed between them. The size of the planting pit should be 2–3 times larger than the ground clod of shrubs, and the depth should be 60–70 cm. At the bottom lay out the drainage of broken brick and sand, the layer of which should be about 20 cm.
After planting the shrub in the ground requires abundant watering for a week, until the plant is fully acclimatized.
Features care for the variety
Variety "Blue Carpet", like other types of juniper, requires some care.
In drought, it is necessary to water the shrub 1-2 times a week. Since juniper does not tolerate dry air, it is also regularly sprayed. Do this in the morning or after sunset to eliminate the appearance of burns on the plant.
In the spring, shrubs are fed with nitroammofosca or use of complex mineral fertilizers, and in the fall they are applied with potash-phosphorus.
Juniper Blue Carpet need spring pruning in order to remove the wrong growing and dry branches.
Shelter for the winter?
In winter, shrub needles may be exposed to winds and frosts. This leads to its freezing and subsequently - to the acquisition of an ugly brown shade or even the death of the shrub. Therefore, closer to winter, it is recommended to protect low-growing plants with a special covering material. Juniper roots sprinkled with a layer of peat 10 cm thick.
Diseases and pests
The most common disease of this plant is rust. The solution of "Arceride" is able to stop it. Shrub need to spray 4 times at intervals of 10 days.
Aphids are afraid of the drug "Fitoverm" - it is necessary to spray the shrub 2 times, observing the interval of 14 days. Against the mining moth, use “Decis” - also 2 times spraying is carried out with an interval of 2 weeks. To get rid of spider mites will help the drug "Karate", and from Shchitovki - karbofos.
With good and proper care for the juniper "Blue Carpet" it will grow for a long time in your garden and delight you with its beauty.