I am a new bonsai tree owner, and my first tree is a Juniper Bonsai.
I do not know much about these but my plant seems to be healthy and doing well. However, I have a few questions.
At the beginnings of my branches, a lot of the leaves are brown. Down towards the base of the branches. Ive been told this is natural, but it just dosent look natural to me. At the ends of the branches there is a healthy looking green growth on the branch and leaves. Ive watered it enough so that it kinda is going away, but some places it isnt.
Also, I cant find many good tutorials on wiring my tree. I woud like to train it to be cascading down on one side, much like this: https://www.helpfulgardener.com/bonsai/03/fullimages/y_f.jpg
I know that that tree is very old, whereas mine is young (I do not know how old exactly, i think about 6 years), and it will take years to train it to be like that, but apparently I need to get started right away. Where would be a good place to go and learn how to wire properly? Im thinking about buying a book. Do you have any suggestions?
Ive been going through many tutuorials online, and many of the pictures show moss at the base of the tree. Does this make a difference or is it merely for looking at?
I saw that some people mention a humitity tray to place underneath it. How would i go about doing this, and where can I get one. Just a normal tray, or a specific kind?
What is a good moisture meter?
My tree gets plenty of sunlight, and I am going to leave it potted on my screen porch all through the seasons, where it is not to windy and it doesnt not reach the elements. But, because I am leaving it potted, should I bring it inside my garage (not too cold, but not heated like the house) at night or anytime it is under 45 degrees? What baout placing it under a cardboard box?
I just got it, so would it be a good idea to take it out of the pot and prune it, or should I wait?
What kind of soil and fertilizer do you suggest?
Thanks so much for all your help! Your website is one of the best i've been to!