Three weeks ago I purchased a 5-inch, 3 year old bonsai elm tree, according to the lady I purchased it from she told me to it keep outdoors, water when dry and to mist with water daily in the AM hours. I live near the beach in So. Cal. and was keeping the tree on my shaded (north facing) balcony...if anything it gets 30 minutes of filtered evening sunlight. Because the last couple of weeks were very dry I did water it a little extra and mist in the evening hours, I also brought it indoors when I noticed the leaves drying.
It was fine for about a week, now all the leaves are dry and when touched they "crack" off , the trunk itself is about as thick as a pencil, with a ball of the root system above the soil but it appears fine...is this tree dead?
The tree is out on the balcony again and I've stopped watering it at least until the toothpick comes out dry. I'd really like to save it...I've read all the tips on how to check if it needs water and how to soak it when it is dry...is there anything else I can do to help revive my little guy? Please any advice would be helpful. Thank you