I purchased a jade bonsai (or at least that's what I was told) back in September. I live in Ohio. As you can tell from the pictures, my bonsai is dying and I am hoping that it can be saved. My boyfriend swears that it's already met its end, but I have hope! I admit, I am terrible at raising plants. However, I made sure to read up on this tree when I purchased it. I read a lot of literature and forums that say the biggest mistake in caring for a jade bonsai is over-watering. I also read comments where people say this fear of over-watering can sometimes lead to under-watering. I am at the point where I have no idea what went wrong. The poor plant has been slowly dying ever since it was under my care. I know I may have waited too long to seek help.
Watering: I water it with a spray bottle so that I don't accidentally over-water. I mist the leaves (when they existed) and spray the base of the trunk. On average, I did this about every 3-7 days when it was warmer and every 10-14 days during the winter.
Location/Sunlight/Temperature: I believe this to be my plant's enemy. In the beginning, I kept the bonsai on a window sill, however, it took me a while to realize how much air leaks through the crappy condo windows and how cold the poor plant must have been. I relocated the bonsai but then realized it wasn't that great about opening the blinds every day. Now the bonsai sits on top of a shelf next to the window so that it doesn't feel the breeze through the window, but hopefully gets sunlight. That's the other issue: sunlight. We are on the first floor in a courtyard so there really isn't much direct sunlight anywhere in the apartment for more than a few hours. I know many of you recommend purchasing fluorescent lights but I'm sort of an energy-conserving nerd and would like to avoid this. Is direct sunlight essential, or is regular light through a window enough?
I hope I have been thorough and I look forward to some expert advice!
The pictures hopefully show the texture of the trunk, absence of leaves, and location of the tree in relation to the window:
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