New to your forums here, I just wanted to stop by and ask for some help with my bonsai =/
I will post some pics, but first I'd like to explain it, it was given to me as a gift and I've had it for about 3 years. During that time I took it not knowing much about bonsai, and cared for it myself - but now its getting to a point where I'm not sure where to go with it. By the way, I've never known what kind of actual plant it is, so if anyone can ID it, please go ahead I'd love to know.
Its getting quite large, and Ive let it do some growing so now it has some new sprouts around the top of its main stalk, and two of the lower leaf stalks that were quite old and much lower down on the same stalk, have died and fallen off - and the way that this tree grows, I don't think Ill ever get those branches back, or be able to grow them again - so I need to think about pruning, unless that is totally wrong in the case of this particular plant. Who ever originally created this wonderful tree did a great job, the rootball and lava rock configuration is almost flawless, its truly a very well done tree it seems.
Sorry for the poor quality of these pics, but heres whats going on
This is 2 days after watering
In this pic, you can generally get the layout of this plant and how it grows
Here, you can see its enviroment, its in the corner of two windows I leave open to light during the day - by the way, this plant hates cold weather of any kind, it starts shedding when it gets cold - and I live in Ohio, so I might have to move it away from the window panes
And one more of the rootball and rock formation, poor quality but gives you a general idea of whats going on
So all in all, since its been growing for these past couple years it wasnt bad until now, alot of the lower stalks seem to be dying and have pretty much all died, and now some of the older leaves are turning, and its getting me worried. Obviously I don't want it getting too big, so I need help on managing it at this stage in its life. Thanks ahead of time for your help, and great forums here.