Hey all, I'm new to the forums and I'm looking for some help with my new Ficus Nitida. I'd been talking with my girlfriend for a while and she knew I wanted to get into gardening, and she saw the Bonsai that Wal-Mart had been selling so she bought me the most healthy Ficus Nitida she could find. Anyway, I've gotten alot of help from this forum about how to care for it (Alot harder than I expected, but still fun) But I've still got some questions.
-The tree had some new leaves on it when I first got it around 3-4 days ago. The first time I watered it was via submersion, which I only did once. It dried fairly fast, less than a day. The next time, I used bottled water pouring over the top, and that was about a day or so ago, and the top is still wet and I haven't re-watered since. There 2-3 more yellow leaves on it now than there were at first...Did I over water it too much? And is watering it thoroughly when the top is dry the proper way to do it?
-It has some thin roots jetting out from some of the branches; they vary in color from almost a beige to a dark brown, and some are very brittle to the touch. I can't tell if they're alive or dead; how do I tell, and if they are dead, should I just prune them off?
-When my girlfriend bought the plant, she picked it up by the trunk and the base of the pot, and then removed her hand, allowing the pot to fall from the soil and the tree. I guess there was an amount of the soil that fell out when that happened, but I don't know exactly how much, and now the tree and soil come out of the pot extremely easily. Should I consider re-potting with a different pot or a better mix of soil and fertilizer?
-Finally, is it okay to leave the moss on the top layer of soil?
Anyway, I've been keeping it on my back porch where it's exposed to an uncontrolled temperature around the 70's and 80's, after the first day where I kept it inside. It gets mostly indirect sunlight as of right now with the occasional bit of direct sunlight..I don't think it's had more than an hour or 2 of direct sunlight.
I'll be posting some pictures soon in an attempt to help, and I apologize if my gardening terminology isn't what it should be. Thanks guys. =)