Hello , first off I would like to say this is an awesome forum and tons of good links and advice!
Next , I purchased my first bonsai which appears to be a jade and has been made from probably some trimmings. When I got it home the trunk was.. well best described as looking like beef jerky. I put it in a better pot and soaked it in water for a good 10-15mins, let the excess drain and watched it for the next few weeks. During the day I would open my blinds and set it on the window seal and at night I would close them and put it on my night stand. Well one night I was out and forgot to remove it from the window seal and things took a turn for the worst. The trunk shriveled up again and now is very limp and feels like beef jerky again, many of the leaves have fallen off also. I have been watering it once every 1-2 weeks, just monitoring the soil and letting it dry out between waterings. I am at a loss as to what could have happened. I know it must have been something with me leaving it on the seal over night, but not sure how I can revive it at this point. Also since I have had the plant there has been a slight white haze on the branches? any idea what that could be.
Here are some quick pics I took with my blackberry since I do not have a real digi cam.
PS : Please ignore my socks I didn't notice them in the shot.