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Anyway, this Christmas I received a Juniper bonsai from a friend. I had no idea how to take care of it and did some research, both from my friend and from the internet
From my friend, I found out she'd bought it from a home depot. I don't know how safe it is to buy bonsai from there, but it came with rocks that were all glued together (even the big ones >=(..) and I didn't get around to removing the rocks until a few days after I'd received it.
1) I read somewhere that glue (especially water-soluble glue, which it was) will hurt the bonsai. My question is to what extent - might it have damaged the roots? If so, is it permanent?
I also took the plant and the soil out of the pot (which I probably shouldn't have done, but then again I'm TOTALLY new to plant care) and found a bit of glue clogging one of the drainage holes >=(. Also,
2) The root ball is caked with soil that didn't "flake" off when i gave the ball a little pat - might it be the glue? Or is this normal? The ball was really moist, by the way. I water my plant correctly - I do the toothpick method and and wait a few minutes and everything.
3) The soil in half the pot has gotten "connected" the plant again. What I mean is that when I took out the tree and the soil (to clean the pot of the glue) and put it in again, the plant was, at first, loose. Now it's firmer, and when I wriggle the tree gently, half of the soil moves with it - will it establish its footing with the rest of the soil later?
And lastly, the Juniper's leaves have been pale green on the lower branches (some are brown and fall off) and also on the insides of some of the larger branches. But then again on the tips of almost every branch there are robust shoots of little shrub-like things (they look like fat fingers) that I expect are new growth.
4) Does this sound normal to you? Or is there something wrong with my tree? Or, as is my suspicion, is there something wrong with part of the tree?
Thanks to anyone who bothers to respond to this. I know it's a lot