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I'm a sucker for bonsai. I have 3, planning lots more too! Spend a fair bit of time looking after them.
Is that a Chinese elm? It's a nice shape to start with. You can always style it if you fancy it.
 

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I have three... well I lost one after 15 years, just started a Japanese Maple as a replacement,you do realise that you should never keep them indoors for more than a week or two, they should spend most of there time outside.
 

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If its a Ficus or citrus, or other tropical/semi tropical fast growing shrub/tree based Bonsai, it will be OK on a light window sill, but any non tropical based Bonsai needs to be outside for most of the time.
 

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Yeah should be fine as it comes from sub tropical China, so it needs some heat.
They seem to have more and more of the so called indoor type these days, some work, but a lot die off, I always prefer native deciduous or evergreen trees .
I have let mine go to what I call midi size now, as I prefer larger type, I'll stick a pic up of my two surviving trees, a maple and a Pine both over twenty years old.
I'll also dig out some pics of a local Bonsai nursery that I used to live near in Sussex, he had some amazing trees.
 

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I can see it clearer now mate, I also have a carmona and they are fine indoors. Had it inside for nearly 5 years, just about to re pot it again. It doesn't hurt to stick it out in the sun during the summer, just bring it in at night as it will be too cold.
Water it when the soil is dry, feed it once a week during growing season. Spray the leaves daily. I use rain water for my trees due to the calcium in tap water. It eventually builds up and is not good for the tree. Tap water will be fine for now. Some people use distilled water too.
Would like to see a pic of Ricky's Japanese maple? Next tree on my list!
 

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I'll leave it a week or two as the maple is only just forming leaves, but here are some I took at the Bonsai specialist nursery.





 

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Stunning pics mate
You should post pics of urs



SO a decided lets try and shape the base lol because I'm looking for more of a curve

Didn't go well ha ha

The base of the wee tree is so strong its not going to be easy to bend. Looks like a need to do it in stages so a don't break or kill it ha ha plus the wire a put round it turns out isn't strong enough to bend it ended up using tie wraps to try pull it down



 

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You have the right idea, it does take a long time to get the shape you want, its not a hobby for the impatient....which is surprising because is have very little patience LOL!

I will post some pics of mine.....when they have some decent leaves on them.
 
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