So my bonsai tree is about... Four years old perhaps? I got it already started at a local Bonsai shop, it was kind of inexpensive so I'm sure the tree is crappy but I like it. I've had it for about a year now in my care. Plus, I've had one bonsai tree before and the only thing I was good at was killing it. So I didn't want to get an expensive tree as my "starter" tree.
The man at the shop said this tree was hearty and would withstand living in a Dorm room, where I was at the time. I don't think it much liked the dorm, I did my best to help it along, watched it's water and sunlight as best I could. But it didn't really get new leaves, it just kind of sat there. This was last Fall/Winter. So everyone knows, I repotted the tree from those pots with the glued on rocks and fake moss. I put good soil in it, mixed with a few rocks, a flat rock at the bottom for drainage and replanted the tree.
In the Spring, and now Summer, I've been living in an apartment. And despite some abuse and neglect from move in crazies, and the shift in climate, it's doing quite well! It is constantly growing new leaves and branches and looks much healthier than it ever has.
So here's my question (finally) I know I can be wordy. When should I begin to prune/bind the tree? I can't really think of a Good style for it. I look at all the nice bonsai trees and while I love my tree it looks so small comparison.
The other forum I was on for awhile said to wait until a branch distinguished itself as a "leader" and prune from there. But, I'm shooting in the dark here, and I don't want to just start hacking at my tree, will someone help me out?