Hello everyone I'm Steve from western Massachusetts. I've got a serious question and concern for my indoor dwarf jade bonsai. I ordered it online and was really hesitant about doing so given the sensitive nature of the bonsai trees but went ahead and did it anyways.
When the bonsai tree arrived it was absolutely beautiful. The company did an amazing job of packing it very well and it was protected from the winter cold of New England.
That being said my concerns started to grow more and more as the days passed and turned into weeks where each and every single day I would notice the jades leaves falling off and scattered on the counter.
I summed it up to the stress of shipping, adjusting to the New England winter and getting accustomed to its new environment. However, more and more leaves kept dropping off on a daily basis so I decided to take a look at the root ball to determine if there was any rot. The root ball is absolutely flawless and the roots are clear and extremely strong so there is no rot.
I put it back in the pot securely and mixed addition soils with what it was shipped in. I then watered it completely and set it back up on the counter. Yet again more and more leaves have dropped off and it's now 98% bare of all the beautiful, green and healthy leaves it was shipped with. It does however show new growth. New leaves and shoots seem to be popping up all over the plant. So my questions/concerns are this:
1. With the new growth does it seem like this indoor jade bonsai has finally adjusted to its new environment and will continue to grow and do well?
2. Is this something that indoor jade bonsai trees do every year - drop old leaves and grow new ones?
3. Should I repot this bonsai in a larger pot?
4. Watering has me a little confused as well. Instructions say to not let it sit in water but water it thoroughly every 5-7 days. I usually will water it from the bottom as it's more convenient then getting the soil/rock combination all over the place. Should I be doing it this Way? Could it be harming the bonsai?
Thank you all for any information you can provide. I'm a newbie in the bonsai dept and just absolutely love this tree and all the other ones that I have. (3 ponytail palms, an azalea, and a podocarpus macrophyllus). I appreciate any help and guidance.