How do they survive?
Typical post on this forum: "I just bought a [ficus/juniper/unknown] bonsai from the store and it is dying. Please help!"
[Insert photo of dead/dying plant in a soggy 90% peat brick with glued-on pea gravel.]
Typical response: "Try changing the soil, watering when the plant needs it, giving an appropriate level of light, etc."
My question is, how do these plants survive and look so nice when they are at the store in such bad media? Do they water less, use better lighting? It seems strange to me that so many bonsai (and houseplants for that matter) do fine at the store and die at home...