I've been reading articles and posts here for a little bit but I was hoping that if perhaps someone had five minutes to kill, they might be able to help me.
I got a bonsai tree from my cousin for christmas (8 months ago) with a single sheet of instructions. I've been following them to the best of my knowledge but it seems to be an uphill battle. I know I'm doing certain things wrong but not sure how to remedy them.
My tree was 4 years old when I got it, and it's some sort of conifer. It has needles but grows in a "Y" shape rather than an "A" shape like a normal sized coniferous tree. I can take a picture if it would help.
She's about 5" tall and 6" wide at the crown. I would say the trunk is 1/4 to 3/8" in diameter, but I'm not a great estimator.
Anyway, I've been misting the tree every day and watering to saturation once a week or so. There's an evaporation tray underneath the pot but I've just now found out what that's for. I'll begin using that as well.
I understand that my watering procedure has been flawed in the past and I'm going to start submersion watering tomorrow. Tips on this would be appreciated.
The tree has not grown appreciably in the 8 months that I've had her. Is this bad? Will pruning encourage growth? Is the pruning process different for an indoor plant?
I want to point out that this is an inside tree only. If I were to begin exposing it to outside conditions, what would be the best way to do so? Is it possible to keep it inside under a flourescent light and direct sunlight?
Also, the climate in Rochester, NY kind of sucks. We have a relatively short, unpredictable summer (can be 90 and 60 in the same week) and a cold, brutal winter. Spring and fall are swampy and depressing. Is this ideal for growing anything but mold? How can I keep the tree safe from hard rain or excess heat?
I've kind of been worrying about this for some time, but have finally decided to seek aid in the matter. My girlfriend and I have grown rather attached to the tree and I'd very much like to keep it alive, so if there are immediate steps I can take, please let me know!!!