Common Juniper and Dwarf Juniper
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The common juniper is found everywhere, almost throughout Italy, from the coastal areas (it is frequent in the Mediterranean scrub) to the mountain resorts. However, the mountain variety at considerable altitudes, the dwarf juniper, characteristic for its creeping and prostrate posture, with a plant height that does not reach one meter.
Where to Plant the Juniper
Juniper grows everywhere, in the plains as in the mountains, on medium-textured and loose soils or even on dry, stony, and very permeable ones. It resists heat and cold, wind and snow, fog, and dryness. The idea is to pin the plant in full sun or partial shade as for exposure.
The plants’ distance should be 1-2 meters for the dwarf variety and 3-4 meters for the common variety.
How Juniper is Grown
Juniper generally propagates by seed. If it interests the collection of berries, it must be borne in mind that it is a dioecious species (therefore, it is advisable to plant at least one couple: a male and a female plant). The plants, which you can place in a pot or the garden, take on a bushy and compact habit, sometimes conical or jagged. When they are small, they should be watered often. Once they have grown up, they are enough twice a week.