Hello. I've been meaning to post on this forum for a while but never managed to get round to it.
Anyway, I'm based in the United Kingdom and bought a Bonsai last Christmas. I bought it from a Homebase store for Ã‚Â£15 (was meant to be Ã‚Â£30). The instructions on the box stated that the tree was 15 years old. Over Christmas I also purchased The Bonsai Survival Manual by Colin Lewis. The pot tag that came with the Bonsai stated that it was a Zelkova, but the plant didn't look like the Zelkova in the book, and I figured out it wasn't a Zelkova but a Chinese Elm. The book also mentioned that Chinese Elms are purposely marked up as Zelkova to avoid import restrictions or something along those lines.
Anyway to start with my tree didn't do that well. A lot of the leave were turning Yellow and falling off. The Bonsai came in a clear plastic box, and I presumed that this created a nice greenhouse effect and taking it out of the box may have shocked it slightly and was probably adjusting to it new surroundings. The tree seemed to stabilise and I've been watering it till water comes out of the drainage holes when the soil becomes dry, then repeating after 10 minutes. I've also been misting it every other day or so and making sure the humidity tray has some water in it every morning.
Over the past month or two the tree has started to produce some seriously big shoots. The leaves on some of these shoots are 3 times as big as the original tree. I read in the book that pruning doesn't start till in the spring. Here are some pictures of my Bonsai:
Big shoots and big leaves on them:
Close up comparison of original leaves and new shoot leaves (badly taken sorry):
The reason for this post is I want to know what I should do next? I take it I need to re pot the Bonsai and start pruning the tree back. I haven't bought any pruning tools and was wondering what tools I would need.
I just need some basic pointers to get me on my way. I be really appreciative of any tips or hints too.