Watters-Tips: Growing the Julep Mint Mint

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Ken Lain of the Watters Garden Center in Prescott, Arizona shared the seven-plant title last Friday. Here are the details of growing mint julep juniper!

This updated Chinese juniper has bright mint green foliage that appears in an arcuate shape. One of the most permanent shrubs in the mountain landscape is planted as a shrub border, mass planting, or on the edge of natural areas. Evergreen. Moderately increasing 5 “high X 6” width.

An unbound shrub that is highly adaptable to topical forms. Use it as a robust hedge along car drives and to share properties. It provides solid foliage to cover creeping spaces and utilities at a foundation. Mix with gold and bronze evergreens in mixed shrub edges. The spray form is an ideal shore cover to combat erosion.

  • Botanical name Juniperus chinensis
  • Common name Mint Julep juniper, Chinese juniper
  • Plant type Evergreen shrub
  • Mature size 5 ′ feet high X 6 ′ feet wide
  • Solar radiation 6+ hours in full sun
  • Soil type Average, well drained
  • The pH of the soil 5.5-7.5 pH
  • Flowering time Spring
  • Flower color From yellow to bronze
  • Hardness zones 4 to 9
  • Parent district East Asia

Mint Julep juniper planting

This enhanced Chinese juniper offers many uses in landscaping, including hedges, privacy screens, and sample plantings. This juniper is so salt tolerant that it can be used near sidewalks, driveways and roads. They are rarely harmed by animals such as deer, javelins, moose and rats.

Make sure the place has excellent drainage and the sun shines for at least six hours during the growing season.

Mint Julip Juniper has the same cultural needs as most other juniper species. Plants grown in a container should be planted in a large, carefully prepared hole and backfilled with soil supplemented with Watters Premium Mulch or other acidifying organic matter.


Chinese juniper grows best all day. Prefer at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.


This plant tolerates a wide variety of soil types, including sandy, rocky, and clay soils. It is best achieved in garden soils with an average, neutral or slightly acidic pH. Good soil drainage is critical.


With proper drainage, Chinese juniper grows best in moderately moist soil. Water the young plants twice a week to maintain soil moisture. Once the juniper has settled, it tolerates dry soil and drought well.

Temperature and humidity

Mint Julip juniper is extremely robust in cold temperatures and fits well in USDA zones 4-7, resisting minus -25 degrees Fahrenheit. This species prefers a cold, temperate climate. The plant is hardy in wet and dry conditions until its roots sit in soaked soil.


To achieve the best flowering and dense foliage, feed Watters 7-4-4 All Purpose 3 times a year (March, July and October) which will filter and cut the slice.


Pruning is usually best annually in late winter or early spring, just before the start of growth in March. Cut off dead, broken or diseased branches. Then trim back the leg branches to preserve the shape of the plant. Strive to selectively prune the branches around the entire plant to increase the amount of light reaching the center.

Mint Julip Juniper is very lenient with pruning errors. So if you prune a little too much, give the plant some growth time to correct the mistake. To promote denser growth, topical forms and pompoms are best pruned 3-4 times during the growing season.

This article was written by Ken Lain. It’s available all week at the Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, or you can contact it through the website at WattersGardenCenter.com or Top10Plants.com..

You can get more gardening tips from the Watters Garden Center in the Signals A Z.com Mountain Gardener column.

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