Today is my 20th birthday, and my parents decided to get me a bonsai from sam's club since I'd been showing lots of interest in bonsais. This little tree for a gift really shouldn't have been a surprise.
The tag labels it as tropical, but I don't know the species or the specifics of how to care for it. I'm hoping this is an easy beginners' tree...
Simply labeled "Bonsai", this small bush, while at least alive and rather healthy looking for now, seems to need work. I have many many questions and concerns, and I think I might just list them by numbers to make it easy for me.
1. What species is this?
2. Is regular feeding necessary? If so, what sort of stuff to I feed it?
3. Root Pruning?
I suspect the pot it is in is a simple flower pot set inside the visible pot, and I'm worried that root pruning might be hard with it allowed to be that deep. When is it best to prune roots, and how do I go about doing this?
I was told it sat in my brother's room above a heat vent for several days before being presented to me, and I get the feeling that it's not good for a tropical tree, so I've set the whole thing above a container of water and dripped a little bit of water on it's leaves. The water it's sitting in cannot access the roots, but as it evaporates should help the leaves I think... correct me if I'm wrong on this one.
I don't know if that moss on top is necessary. I'll leave it in place for now (lifting it to water and check moisture) but I think it's dead. It'd be neat if it was alive and green, but very little of it is green and it is not anchored to the dirt. Should it be removed, kept, given special treatment? (is it possibly sphagnum moss or otherwise usefull for air-layering?)
6. The branches...
How might I go about propagating more little trees from it? (air-layering or just taking a cutting and using rooting hormone?)