Advice for new Portulacaria afra owner?

bobonsai20May 18, 2013

I bought this (http://imgur.com/a/ZGiZf) yesterday from a local nursery. I'm not exactly sure what I should do right away to shape it, or if I should just let it grow for a while. Here (http://imgur.com/a/fK0Sp) is a 360 degree view and size comparison (http://i.imgur.com/2hGD3Z9.jpg). If you have any tips, I would appreciate it!

I have a south-facing balcony that I can leave it on so it will get plenty of sun. There is a balcony above it which should block it from rain. I also have a fluorescent light for when I need to bring it inside.

I plan on watering it about every 2 weeks, depending on how quick the soil dries or if the leaves wrinkle. This (http://i.imgur.com/sB3Lni3.jpg) fertilizer was included, so I am going to use it every other watering.

This (http://i.imgur.com/jFv73R0.jpg) is the soil that I am going to use when I move it to the bigger pot (if the pot in the pictures isn't too big). It is a mixture of bark, chicken grit, and turface, so it should drain well.

Let me know if anything is unclear or if I need to provide more info. Thanks!

Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
5 Cedar Trees
Thanks to the advice of coppice, I looked in Craigslist...
ridgie
Help! Brand new to bonsai and need design tips!
Hello all. First time posting. I received a gift of...
benpcoleman1
Turface in Eugene OR
I have been looking for Turface or Turface like products...
ridgie
Fukien Tea in bloom!
Brand new to Bonsai but my Fukien Tea has started opening...
DavidL.ca
Need ID help
I just picked this up in the bonsai section of the...
josephines123 z5 ON Canada
Sponsored Products
Tobacco Finish Nightstand - B455-92
$201.67 | Hayneedle
Pre-owned Mexican Equipale Pigskin Lounge Chairs - A Pair
$495.00 | Chairish
Round Resin Madison Planter - A114080
$59.99 | Hayneedle
WBM Himalayan Lamps Ionic Crystal Natural Salt Basket Lamp - Tall (9-11lbs)
$23.95 | Home Depot
Patina "No Worries" 31 Inch Fire Pit with Grill and FREE Cover - F121
$229.99 | Hayneedle
Perky Pet 16 oz. Glass Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder - 131TF
$32.99 | Hayneedle
K&B Furniture Childrens Nightstand - B400-90
$346.67 | Hayneedle
Kitchen Serving Cart - Natural / Chrome - SC-5068
$96.99 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™