I purchased this rescue "mallsai" off the Death Rack at Lowes about two months ago. After I repotted it in some orchid bark and diatomaceous earth and put it in my office, it lost quite a few leaves, assuming from stress. It was leggy to begin with, but now.... well, it's very leggy, and growing new leaves from the tips of all the branches (5-6 per new bud, it's madness!!) It also has some aerial roots that I would like to tent (fukubonsai.com) in order to make the trunk less... awkward... and to hopefully fade the nasty scar that formed from a post taped to the tree being left on too long.
My question is, which should I do first? My thoughts on this is I should probably cut the branches back, completely defoliating it, and let it grow out from there, seeing as i just barely re-potted it two months ago. (Note: Any and all restyling will not be happening right now, but in late spring, when it's growing a bit faster.) In my experiences with this type of plant (RIP first bonsai... repotted too many times in two years) I am thinking that tenting it first is going to be detrimental to it's health, seeing as i want to have the roots go into the soil instead of spreading on top of it. (I will have to make the tent go below the surface of the soil, essentially bare-rooting it again.)