i know i should keep this indoors in the winter, but is it ok to keep it inside in the summer? or will it do better outside?
It will do better outside.
also, how long should i wait after repotting to start cutting and shaping the tree?
Why are you repotting? [Rootbound, change of potting media, insect/fungal infestation, ect....?]
JoeLewko wrote:.maybe a link to a gallery with some good ideas, because i really don't know where i want to go with this tree, and i would like to get an idea.
Looks to me as though it is a ginger root ficus, They are everywhere. Commonly sold as 'bonsai' in the greenhouse sections of lowes, H-depot, k-mart. w-mart, ect....
What style where you considering?
I ask as it has no nebari to speak of and it would require the chopping of that long straight section to induce some taper, Maybe twice considering the basal flare. After some time to fix these and perhaps with some good branch developement/ramification, [Provided you have good lighting and pruning/wiring skills.] You could have a powerfull looking little shohin there.
The path would be much
shorter with better working stock.
[IMO not the greatest example to start with, or species really as I am not a fan of ginger roots'. To me, They just don't look like trees.]
You mentioned a gallery to look at.
They are quite easy to find.
These are from a site that has been posted on here repeatedly.
There are plenty more out there.
Let us know what style you have decided on for this one.
A picture of how you have changed it to progress towards that goal in the last 3 months would be excellent too, It's always nice to see updates.
It will be interesting to watch it's development.