Well this is my first post on these forums after a browse around the net for some help with my new Bonsai Tree.
Basically, I'm a complete newbie to the care of Bonsai Trees, I've only ever admired them and those that care for them. I can remember asking for one when I was as young as 6.
Anyway, the Tree in question is a Fukien Tea (Carmona microphylla), bought for me today by my lovely girlfriend, having known how much I have always wanted a Bonsai Tree.
I have searched around and found that this particular Bonsai is quite difficult to care for, needs to be kept indoors and is Evergreen.
My problem is I have no idea where to start. I submerged the pot in water until all bubbles had gone, added a tiny amount of fertilizer, then brought the whole thing out of the water. One thing I have noticed is this tree really takes in water incredibly fast and alot of it.
I am also incredibly confused about pruning. The tree has many thin, new branches pointing down and crossing over etc, but I am unsure whether to remove these or not. There is also one thin metal ring around the middle of the trunk, and several brownish marks on the trunk from the previous rings, should I remove this ring?
There are lots of miniature white flowers, some were dead and brown, I removed the heads of these. Also there were a couple of yellow leaves when I first got it, I picked these off immediately (that is correct yes?).
Here are some pictures:
I would really appreciate any help any of you can give me.