Hiya, I picked up my first juniper (procumbens, im sure) from the local nursery. They have had a good amount of bonsai for many years, as well as a large range of styles/costs, many having been trained, so I know the plant would be okay if I kept good care of it...
What happened was this: I live in Kansas, where the winters can be extreme. I knew junipers could/should be outside all year, but was unsure in the extreme cold we can get (20 f and lower). I brought it inside in late November so it would get dormant after the Nov cold and put it near a window, watered about once or twice a week. About two weeks ago (late January) it began to show signs of dying.
I can post a picture, but my juniper's needles are barely green and are falling off. If you softly run your hand along of the top of the plant, needles and small branches fall off. Scratching the trunk shows very light tan/brown, possible hint of green.
Since noticing this I moved the plant to a new location, watered more frequently (not too much to overcompensate, though). After browsing this forum for a while, I have moved "Ein" (my bonsai) outside onto the deck. Today it's about 40 degrees but a few days ago it was 15. It will snow again before Winter ends.
What's devastating is that I purchased Ein in June--about 7 months ago--and he's grown incredibly in my climate until I moved him inside for the cold. I was just beginning to prune and shape; in fact I purchased materials to being to wire.
My question is this: is there anything I can do to revive my little friend? From what I've collected reading here, the signs I've described are tell-tale for a dead bonsai. I can't get a new one until Spring, obviously, and will have to start from peg one, so I really would like to try to save this one!