My roommate and I couldn't get a pet, so instead we got a great little juniper bonsai. Unfortunately the 10 days of neglect over Christmas seems to have been the end of it. It's brittle and yellow-green, poor thing. Before we deepsix another, I have two questions:
1 - I read the article on bonsai dormancy, but it did not really touch on the characteristics of a dormant bonsai? How can we tell if it is dormant or dying?
2 - We repotted the plant while it was trying to heal itself from the Christmas drought. The wide ceramic pot we put it in only has a single, slightly raised hole in the center. We realized too late that water was pooling in the bottom. Knowing how important drainage is to a bonsai, we considered creating a false floor of wire mesh 1/2 inch off of the real bottom to allow for some drainage. Good idea/bad idea?