I've had this Golden Gate Ficus bonsai for almost a year now, and I live in San Jose, CA. For the first 6-8 months, I somehow managed to keep the bonsai alive and healthy .... all I did was water it every 2-3 days, and I kept it almost exclusively indoors though in a place with some direct sunlight. The bonsai didn't grow, but didn't deteriorate either.
Then, I read some website which said I should keep bonsai's outdoors as much as possible, so I started doing that. Unfortunately, that also coincided with my paying less attention to it, and I started going 4-5 days without watering it, and I started noticing a few leaves going brown. Alas, after another such hiatus where i didn't water it for almost 2 weeks, I saw that ALL the leaves were completely brown and dead.
Now I figured all of this was because of the cold... the nights here can be a bit frosty in the winters, almost going to 0 C. So for the last month and a half, I've kept the plant inside and have been giving it water consistently. I've recently also pruned away all the dead branches, hoping that might stimulate something.
Can anyone recommend something else that I need to do?? How often should I water it, should i start keeping it outdoors again, is there anything else like fertilizer or plant food that i should feed it?? Or is it going to be a waste of time? Ofcourse I'm a novice. But my girlfriend gave this to me, so I'd like to make an effort to resurrect it.
Thanks for your help.