Okay, thanks for the tips, now to address a few things...
This may be stupid for a beginner, but I'm not actually starting out with a trained bonsai. I'm making my own... bought a little Juniper 'Tam' from Lowes, attempting to make it look more like a tree than the shrub it actually is..
This one has been kept outside. I chose the healthiest looking one, but of course people at stores like that are seldom trained in the special needs of all the plants in the garden section... So do you have any tips as to how to keep it alive and happy now?
My horticulture friend, I should have mentioned, has trained one or two bonsai from saplings. So that's what I mean by not an expert; he hasn't spent a whole lot of time studying them, but he has made a few, and he knows the biology behind the plants.
And I live in eastern Washington state. It's technically a desert here, but we get a decent amount of precip, it's definitely not like the southern CA, NV, AZ, NM deserts.
So just to clarify, is everyone saying I should be keeping the Juniper outside right now? I just brought it home, I thought it might need to stay inside a while after all the stress I caused by cutting most of its branches off. Here it is currently hovering around 30-40 degrees, and foggy or cloudy many days.
My friend also suggested, since I have a dog and I'm not sure how he feels about Juniper, that I try to trigger its dormant period by putting it in the fridge. Is this bad, not enough sunlight or something?
I'll read the species guide, thanks. ^_^
EDIT: Eh, I may have jumped the gun here. Should I start over?
'Tam' isn't even listed in the species suitable for bonsai, unless there's some scientific name I don't know.... Any other good beginner trees?
EDIT again: Oh, silly me. It's a Juniperus sabina.