The Alligator Juniper is an evergreen tree that is native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. It grows in sandy soil in mountains and deserts. It has distinctive, thick, light gray bark with squarish scales that resemble the scales of an alligator, hence the name. Hardy in zones 7-9.
Growing Instructions for the Alligator Juniper
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy. 1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 3-4 months. 2. Fill a pot with potting soil. Use a pot that has drainage holes in the base. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 4. Water the container and leave it to drain. 5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area. 6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.