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Newbie Bonsai - Ficus

Been reading a bit on the forums and watching videos on YouTube and figured I'd jump into this so I picked up a ficus, did some trimming, taping(adhesive out) and repotted. I removed a bulb from the root ball and plan to remove another as I will be exposing the root system a bit for aesthetics when I repot. Currently, about 3" or so of the roots are exposed with about half of that covered by bark mulch. I put plastic over this as I read it helps the plant recover from the shock of potting/initial trimming better? Was planning to remove the plastic in a month or so when it shows signs of being happy and putting out shoots.

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Should I trim off some leaves at this point as well to promote new growth?

Appreciate any input.

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Doing this might further stress the tree. I would not do this right now.
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How long should I leave the bag on?

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Until new growth shows. Be sure to keep it in the shade until you remove the bag, otherwise it could cook.
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Thanks, BB - will do.

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