Dwarf junipers (Juniperus) are evergreen shrubs suitable for U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones four through 9. With many of the very same features as their full-sized counterpart, dwarf junipers grow to between 6 inches and two feet in height dependent on the variety. The compact size of dwarf junipers make them a good option for container gardening both indoors and out. Dwarf junipers call for well-drained soil and full sunlight.

How to Plant Dwarf Junipers

  1. Wear gloves when functioning with dwarf junipers as the foliage can be irritating to the skin and trigger a rash.
  2. Fill a container half total of potting soil. Remove the dwarf juniper from its container and spot in the center of the container. Position the plant so the top of the root ball is just under the edge of the container.
  3. Add potting soil to the container and press out any air pockets. Water the plant to completely moisten the soil but do not above water. Place the container in complete sunlight.
  4. Plant dwarf juniper outdoors in a location that is well drained and receives complete sunlight. Dig a hole with a trowel that is twice the dimension of the root ball.
  5. Remove the juniper from its container and spot the root ball in the center of the hole. Increase or lower the plant as required so the top of the root ball is level with or just over ground level.
  6. Fill the hole around the root ball with soil and tamp lightly to remove any pockets of air. Water the plant thoroughly.