freetree
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I got a Free Juniper Bonsai &..

I haven't got a clue how to take care of it.

People do tell me I have a green thumb all the time though so I'm hoping this will carry over to my new baby.

The current situation is the growth is somewhat dry, however, I believe it's been overwatered. The tree and container are very heavy and the soil is super-wet.

Should I wait until the soil gets a little dried out and then water it? The tree must be indoors as well so that's another little twist.

I read some articles on growing bonsai trees indoors and I do get a ton of sunlight and have windows to open for it so that's a plus.

I live in San Francisco and do not have any heating in my place so it's almost always between 50 and 65 degrees. This is a good thing right?

Any info is helpful!

Thank You.

HERE ARE A FEW PICTURES OF THE TREE:
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The Helpful Gardener
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Temps are great, open window is great, too much water is not. Tilt the pot to one side as it will help drainage; airing it out will help too.

Lay off the pruners for a while and switch to fingertips; the browning at some of the cut points is a giveaway for me. Just finger pinch the growing tips to maintain the pads at their given size and ramify growth...

Scott

freetree
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Great. I'm putting it outside at night and inside during the days. It's so cold in my apt though it's like being outside - minus the air circulation.

To help it not rot/dry out a bit I'm moving the sand and gravel around on the surface. Is this a bad idea? Also poking little holes in the moss since it's starting to mold. This puppy has been seriously over-watered.

Also, you mentioned pinching the new growth off. This means I should pinch and turn to pick off the new bits? This will make it bushier?

Thank You For the Help!

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Yes it does and constant attention to that makes for a better tree... 8)

All the rest sounds fine except for the mold; I might remove that moss and replace it with fresh, although the shot of neem should take care of some of it...

Scott

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Hah. I'd actually removed the moss 2 seconds ago and then decided to check this post. yeah!

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