So, I've been interested in bonsai for a but just bought my first one. It's this one here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bonsai-Arborico ... 7675.l2557 and it's getting shipped to me as we speak My goal is to make it look at banyan style like https://www.fukubonsai.com/images/large_ ... bonsai.jpg or https://www.bonsaihunk.us/pic/ScheffWeb/11Fubanyan.jpg and I like them to be around 6-8in high, for aesthetic reasons.
I've been doing research but I still have many questions as most places are quite vague. How exactly and when can I trim/prune? Such as location on the branch/shoot and how much and often. Can I just use regular scissors or the tiny scissors on my pocket knife? Also, in order for it to grow aerial roots, do I need to take it out of the pot and trim the roots?
I saw this thread: https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... 36&t=57522 on how to get aerial roots. So if I put my bonsai in a plastic bag with some water at the bottom of the bag and put another plastic bag over it to cover it and keep misting it for a couple days, aerial roots will show? I also heard of the straw method to help them grow and grow in the desired direction but I'm not 100% what to do for that. And is that something I want to do?
Sorry for all the questions but this is my first plant and I love bonsai! I want to make sure it lives as I've spent quite a bit of money on it ($30 shipped is a lot to me as a college student lol).