I purchased a Bonsai tree about 1 - 2 weeks ago (todays date is 5/31/07) and have been taking care of it as instructed on the "care card" that was attached. But I have a feeling the the woman at the garden shop was clueless. So I checked google and got a a ton of different care tips, which led me to create this blog. I am a beginner at this so bear with me. I have tons of questions that need answering to help my Bonsai grow. First let me tell you what I have been doing to taking care of my Bonsai. I have a Juniper Bonsai which I belive to be 3 years old. I keep it out on my pourch in full sunlight as instructed. From what I read this is correct. I water it every day, about half a cup to a cup of water. Now I have read that you do not need to water it every day. They say you should stick your finger about half an inch to an inch into the soil and if it feels moist then your good. Okay now on with the questions. First Question - My Juniper Bonsai is about 3 years of age, how often should I water it and how much? Does it matter how much I water it (a cup, half a cup)? Second Question - This "Care Card" says I should keep my Juniper Bonsai outside in full sun for about 4 days, then bring it inside for the remaining 3. I don't think this is right. From what I have read it says to keep it in full sunlight all week. Is the "Care Card" right or am I right? Third Question - I have noticed that some of the little leaves are turning brown on the tips, what does that mean? Is it because I don't water it enough, because of the heat, or is it natural? Fourth Question - As I have been inspecting my tree every day I also noticed that the branches have little leaves or spicky leaves on them. Some of those look brown and I don't know what to do. Is this natural or from the lack of water? Fifth Question - As I water my Bonsai everyday I started to notice that the roots from the tree are starting to stick out from the soil. What is this caused by and is it ok that they stick out like that? Sixth Question - My tree has 3 main branches and I want to start prunning, trimming, and training but I don't know how. I have read tons of articles online and none of them can seem to trigger my brain on how to do it. I am also looking in to getting some Bonsai Tools. What tools should I get and do I need tools? How do you train a branch and what is "Pinching back and prunning"? Seventh Question - When the time comes for me to re-plant my tree, how will I know when I need to do so and should I use Bonsai Soil? Eighth Question - On the "Care Card" it say that I can stick my pot in a tub of water about an inch deep if it has holes in the bottem of the pot (which it does). It can get its water supplement this way as well and which way is best, putting it in a tub of water or pouring water over it? Ninth Question - The other day I found a worm on one of my tree's branches. I didn't know what to do with it, weather i should have taken it off or left it there. Is this a pest to my tree? If so what can I do to prevent this from happening again? Tenth Question - When I do get the hang of trainning my Bonsai, what would be the best way to train it? What is the best trainning method or style for Juniper? I hope you guys will be able to answer my questions and help me out. Give me a hand as I am a beginner and already addicted to this hobby. Thanks for your help and hopefully write to you soon.