I am new to this forum and a beginner in bonsai.
My wife gave me a juniper three years ago that I nursed along in its original training (plastic) pot. After that time, it seemed a good opportunity to repot into something a bit nicer and larger.
The plant was repotted about a month ago. There are two holes in the bottom of the pot, screened. I put a small layer of rocks down first, then added bonsai-specific soil (Joe Bonsai's All Purpose Blend: a mix of 100% organic double-sifted compost mulch, calcined clay, vermiculite, and Frit.)
I only removed two very small branches and did not pinch back. The roots did not seem all that extensive to me, most of it very fine roots with only a couple of thick roots. I only trimmed back a smudge of the fine roots. I opened up the root cluster (it was a bit bound directly underneath the trunk area) and made sure it was opened up as best I could.
I have watered late afternoon/early evening. Weather has alternated between hot& sunny and some very wet weather (hello North Carolina). I have not pinched back anything as yet.
Some brown spots appeared within a couple weeks of repotting. They have remained, though I do see some new growth. Would these spots be normal? I have seen them before, but the plant has always "grown out" of them pretty well and has often looked very green, greener than it is right now. The overall look is paler than normal, but I wonder if that is just part of the response to repotting?
My wife suggested a very small amount of fertilizer to help it along (Osmocote: 19-6-12). We put on no more than a small teaspoon amount.
Thank you for any help or comments.