I got a bonsai as a birthday present (Cool beans!) The trunk it's like charred from one side and looks super old then the upper trunk continuation of course looks newer so it looks really odd.
My sister paid $120-150 for the tree. Also when I got it most of the leaves were burned so I had to trim them. I am grateful for the gift but don't know if my sister overpaid so it makes me feel a little bit bad about it.
Anyways, what is the dark charred tissue on the trunk? Does the tree looks healthy? Also, what are all those lumps in the trunk? what about the spots on the leafs? As you see I am a noob. What is the best way to keep it healthy. I have a chopstick in the soil and its damped when I press it to my cheek.
Do you think the trunk adds character to it? Did my sister got a good deal?
I have an elm that I have cared for a few years now but I chose an elm for a reason as my first bonsai. This tree is a red maple or dehojo, 13 year old, 2 inch trunk and 12 inches. The pot measures 11 inches.
Any help would be appreciated.