This is my first post on this forum. It has been very helpful so far, providing most of the info I could act on.
I bought my first bonsai two to three months ago. I believe it is a dwarf jade, based on pictures I have seen on this forum and other websites. First of all, I would like to know the basic to keep it alive. Since I bought it, it has had two episodes when it started losing lots of leaves--now being the second.
The first time around, I read a little about watering, and started watering it thoroughly every time the soil seemed dry--at least on top. Generally, this would mean watering it every week and a half. For a couple of times, I actually immersed it in water, which seemed to yield fast good results.
It was looking beautiful until a couple of weeks ago, when it stated losing leaves and even branches. I have not changed the watering routine, so I am not sure what is going wrong.
Below are some questions I have:
-I live in an apartment in New York. There is no way for me to put it outdoors--there is no such thing in my apartment! Do I have a chance of succesfully keeping it alive for a long time indoors?
-Do dwarf jades need a lot of light (e.g., by the window), or should I keep it away from direct sunlight? It seems to actually lose extra leaves every time I move it from the shelf where I keep it to the window. I have read somewhere that moving them twice a week is not a good idea either.
-Am I watering too often? I have noticed its leaves are somewhat big and heavy, so I am concerned I am letting it soak too much water.
-Is immersion a good idea? How often should I do it? I have read that it is a good idea to do it every month or two.
-Should I fertilize it? How often and with what fertilizer?
-What is the best way to trim it?
So far, this is the most complete page I have found that talks specifically about dwarf jades https://www.bonsai-express.com/products/1610-dwarf_jade_bonsai.htm Is it any good?