Hi, im 16 and I am new to the bonsai world because i recieved a Ginseng Ficus (correct me if im wrong) from walmart as a present from my grandmother over the spring/summer.
Note: I have removed the glued on rocks and have done quite a bit of reaserch online.
I know that walmart isn't a good place to buy anything living due to the number of fish and plants that have died in the past but it has been around 6 or so months and it seems to have lived. The only concern that i have about the health of the tree is a bad spot on one of its roots which she didn't noticed when she bought it. Despite this the overall heath seems to be perfectly fine.
As for the forming and styling of this tree i was thinking about a Banyan style with air roots to fill in the gaps between the leg-like roots. Some air roots are actually starting to come in already. I would like the tree to be taller but walmart or someone choped the trunk of the tree stoping all upward growth and just growing new limbs and going outwards. Currently it's 10" high from the soil and 4" to the horizontal cut. Is there a way to reestablish a trunk? i was thinking about choosing the larger upper left limb as the new trunk, and cutting the horizontal cut on an angle so that it can blend in with the future trunk.
Also there are bumps on the trunk with 2 and some times three limbs coming off of these bumbs. is this a problem? Finally when should i do these things to my tree? I was thinking about doing it this spring but it is the first year that i have it and it still has to make it through the winter.
Also any tips about the cutting process, healing wounds, pruning ect. is greatly apreceated.