NOTE: In this article, Taylor’s juniper and Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ may be used interchangeably; in fact, Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ is the botanical name for Taylor’s juniper.
The Taylor’s juniper is a columnar form of the eastern red cedar. It plays an important role in the nursery trade in areas where cold weather is important, and cedar apple rust has become more prevalent. The tree is a great choice for people looking for a fast-growing alternative to arborvitae and Italian cypress.
Why does my Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ roots have rot?
Root rot on your Taylor’s juniper (Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’) can be fatal if not treated with care. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you follow our guide to keep your plant alive if the symptoms occur: Root soft and blackened.
Why does my Taylor’s juniper have gray mold spots?
Gray mold spots are a type of fungus that is found a lot in flowers, and spreads quite rapidly. If you notice brown (or gray) spots, it is probably this fungus. Don’t ignore these symptoms, as they may end up killing your plant.
The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.
Why does my Taylor’s juniper have leaf spots?
We provide you with all the information you need to identify and save your plants if they display signs like leaves that suddenly change color or wilt/droop. This sort of sickness is one of the most aggravating for Taylor’s juniper owners.
Why are my Taylor’s juniper leaves turning yellow?
This is probably the most common problem in the gardening world, yellowing leaves. There are 2 main reasons for this phenomenon, overwatering, or a lack of nutrients.
Reduce your watering frequency when you fear your plants are being overwatered, and follow these steps to determine whether they may be lacking in nutrients:
Here are some signs of yellowing caused by the many deficiencies on the Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ in question:
- Magnesium deficiency starts as yellow patches between leaf veins on older leaves. Veins stay green as yellow moves from the leaf center out. Leaf edges turn yellow last.
- Yellowing between leaf veins is another sign of iron shortage, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are initially affected.
- Sulfur shortage first affects the youngest leaves, turning them entirely yellow.
- Insufficient potassium causes the leaf edges to turn brilliant yellow while the interior of the leaf stays green. Older leaves show the symptoms initially, and the leaf edges quickly darken.
- A broad yellowing indicates a nitrogen deficiency. Yellowing starts with older, inner leaves. Yellowing spreads as it advances, eventually touching new leaves as well.
According to the symptoms mentioned above, you just have to act accordingly. You can reduce your watering frequency, or fix a deficiency in Potassium, or Nitrogen, for that, you just have to buy a special soil for your deficiency, a consultant in a gardening store will know perfectly well how to inform you.
Is my Taylor’s juniper sunburned?
It is simple to determine whether your Taylor’s juniper (your Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’) has sunburn. Your plant will change color in this instance, beginning to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
The leaves of your Taylor’s juniper can also change color in case it gets too much water or not enough light, as we saw above.
However, there is a way to tell if it is sunburn; look at the bottom of the yellow leaves, the ones that have a shaded area closer to the root, if this area stays greener, it is probably sunburned, not something else.
Why are my Taylor’s juniper leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a Taylor’s juniper that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ in direct sunlight?
No! If your Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ (or Taylor’s juniper) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your Taylor’s juniper is in such a state!
The remedy, as said in the paragraph above, is simple: just move your plant’s Taylor’s juniper out of direct sunlight. Your plant should swiftly re-grow with this strategy and appropriate watering.
Why are my Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ leaves drooping or wilting ?
In most cases, this happens when your Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ lacks water. This is especially the case for large plants, naturally they need more water than others.
Whether your Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ plant’s pot appears light, the soil and roots are likely fairly dry and need water, so you can readily tell if it needs to be hydrated.
In order to ensure that the roots of your plant receive the water’s benefits, you must first moisten the soil in the container if it is absolutely dry. One common error is to immediately drown the Taylor’s juniper after a dry period in the belief that it requires a lot of water.
This is true, but the easiest way to end it is to give too much water at once. Instead, you should water the soil properly, returning to a peaceful watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’
Your plant needs water to survive, but it’s crucial to balance the amount and timing of watering. As we previously mentioned, overwatering could be catastrophic for your Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’.
The best way to know if your plant needs water or not is to touch the soil, if you feel it is still wet, it is probably a good idea to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
Maintaining a consistent temperature for your Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ is also a good idea, especially if it is kept indoors. At GreenShack, we typically advise reserving a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, avoid positioning your Juniperus virginiana’Taylor’ close to air conditioners, radiators, or other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your Taylor’s juniper Dust-Free
This one is about houseplants. Your indoor plants’ leaves get dusty just like your furniture does. The problem is that this might prevent photosynthesis from beginning, which would result in the plants gradually losing their color.
This would also make the pests happy, a real descent into hell for your Taylor’s juniper.
To remove the dust from the leaves of your plant, take a microfiber cloth and gently rub the leaves. You can wet the cloth to make it easier to remove the dust, but never use corrosive products (such as rubbing alcohol!)
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you should be mindful of your drainage, and if they don’t already have them, we suggest selecting a saucer and a pot with drainage holes.
You can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the interim if your pots don’t already have holes in them. This will help to form a channel so that the water doesn’t pool there for too long (preventing the rot of the roots!).