Hello everyone, I've been wanting to get a bonsai tree for some years now, and I finally got one a couple of days ago (by chance, there was a couple selling them on the side of the road. I figured buying one from a more home-grown kinda guy would be better than from a store like Wal-mart or whatever). However, the instructions I got had mainly said to go to a website for more information, and the site is no longer there, so it seems I need a new source for information.
I'm keen to know more about caring for bonsai style trees. I currently have a small collection of succulents (which I keep inside by a window), so I'm finding so far that the care for my new juniper tree is very different from what I'm currently used to doing for my plants. I want to make sure I care for it properly, so I need some guidance.
I assume my tree is either dormant right now or it will be, going by what I've researched so far, but I'm not sure (I'm in Louisiana, so it doesn't snow or anything like it does up north. We might get a frost if it gets "really cold", but it's not standard affair, so I don't know how much of what I read about dormancy would apply to my situation, or what I specifically have to do for it. Winter tends to be like 20-40F for us). I'm not sure if it should still be outside or if I should move it somewhere (I saw one source that said people would move bonsais into their garage, but I wasn't sure why they would do that). At the moment I have it on a shelf railing of my gazebo (see attached picture), so it's rather shaded due to the roof and nearby trees, but still outside. Should it be moved into a completely sunny area (where it may be in danger of being maimed by the heavy rain we get), or a less sunny one (at least for the winter)?
My tree looks to have wire by the roots, and is in a bonsai pot with drainage holes (I had just watered it at the time of the photo). Its leaves are a little yellowed, but the man I got it from said they do that in winter and would be fine again when spring comes around. Is that true?
Any advice for a newbie would be appreciated (I'm trying to collect all the info I can, because though I'm on holiday at the moment and can care for it, I have one more semester of college left, so I'll need to leave it in the care of my parents, and thus relay information to them as well as learn about it myself. Probably should have waited to get one until graduation, but it was a rare opportunity I had to jump on).