I purchased a 10 year-old Fukien Tea last Saturday. It's absolutely beautiful and has vibrant foliage.
I guess I should say it was. I did what the instructions said, naively not looking much more into caring for a Bonsai. I misted it every day and did not place it in direct sunlight.
However, about two days ago I noticed that the tree was dropping perfectly healthy leaves rapidly. I was frantic to figure out the problem; I've wanted a Bonsai for a long time and fell in love with this one (and I spent a pretty penny for it besides). I realized that the tree, as a sub-tropical type, needs to be in direct sunlight. After digging slightly into the soil, I found that the misting wasn't nearly enough - the soil was quite dry.
I moved the tree into the best sunlight possible that day (I do live in New York City - a lot of sunlight in an apartment isn't too easy to find), which is bright, if not full, during the day. I've been watering it several times a day, directly into the soil, not misting (I'm afraid the water would knock the leaves off now). The pot has a drainage plug and I've watered it until water trickled (not gushed) out three times a day. After researching this forum (you're all very knowledgable), I discovered a few minutes ago that the pretty moss should've been removed the moment I got it home. I have just done that.
I know things don't happen over night, but the leaves are still falling off the Bonsai. They are still green; there's no yellow or black spots, no bugs, no rust, anything. Am I too late to save my poor tree? It went without direct light and ample water for four days. I realize I might sound dramatic, but again, I love this little tree. Any tips, help, reassurance, or anything is greatly appreciated.