Hi guys, I ended up here by way of your excellent YouTube video "How To Care For Juniper Bonsai ( 2019 ) A JUNIPER CRASH COURSE" from which I got a great deal of helpful info.
Here's the situation which I believe is typical of first time bonsai owners: my wife just bought me a little bonsai as a gift and I was immediately captivated by it. As I have never had a bonsai before and know absolutely nothing about them I've just spent a rather stressful 48 hours doing research and the findings are depressing to say the least. Even having made a decision to do absolutely nothing but try and keep this little tree alive I think it might be doomed. I believe I understand and can manage the watering, the soil (if I can establish that it came with adequate quality soil I will just leave it for now) and the fertilising but what I am missing is sunlight.
I live in an apartment in Hong Kong. I have a north facing balcony which HK being Northern Hemisphere allows for very little direct sunlight. Less than an hour a day. To this end I have a couple of specific questions and would be extremely grateful for any (even depressing) answers:
1. Which is the lesser of two evils: leave the plant all day outside in the shade or bring it inside to a bright south facing window for 4 hours on sunny days where it will get some direct sunshine and then put it back outside the rest of the time?
2. Is this in fact a Shimpaku? From looking online that is my best guess. It came unlabelled.
3. Being that my aim is to keep the poor thing alive should I just carefully snip off all this wire and if it survives a few years revisit that type of stuff later?
4. How much will the humid tropical climate of HK hurt this little guy? All other things being equal can he survive it? We have cool refreshing winters but they are certainly not cold.
5. Is the dead looking section on the lower main trunk problematic?
6. Should I just save us all the heart ache and reluctantly give this guy to someone who can provide the sun it needs?
Thank you in advance!