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help with bonsai type

My girlfriend just bought me a bonsai today, and she got one herself. It had no tag saying what type. If you could give me some help i would be much appreciative. but first things first, how do i get an image on here? i don't have a site to store it. thanks

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k think i did it without help, woot *hands in air*

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right im dumb

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how bout now

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okay, in my opinion, it is a fig, probably benjamin or weeping if you will. but the leaves arn't as waxy as i thought figs should be, and the trunk and branches are a dark grey with lighter colored blotches everywhere.
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It's a Ficus, probably retusa; good beginners tree, takes a lot of punishment with little complaint. You'll note some leaf drop when you change lighting, but other than that , pretty undemanding.

Look for all the usual evils; are those pebbles glued on? If so, lose them fast; I replace with moss, but even regular bonsai soil would be better than glued pebbles (shed water like an umbrella). As always, the more time outside the better; find that shady spot outside and keep it there until frost threatens, then a indirect light situation near a south, or east facing window. Look over the articles on the site for more bonsai care info...

Scott

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thanks scott. ya its definately retusa, same reply on another forum. pebbles arn't glues on...its kinda granular soil. but ya thanks again.

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Glad to hear it's in good soil, and it sounds like good hands. Keep that one watered and you should be brilliant!

Scott

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