So, I’ve recently ordered my 3rd bonsai. My first two are dead. The first one, I kept alive for 7 months before making a terrible mistake (lesson learned), and the 2nd was a dud (again, learned a few lessons). This one is a juniper procumbens nana pre-bonsai from a reputable nursery in California, but I live about four hours away in the Nevada Desert. It was the closest I could find that had been grown anywhere near me. Otherwise, they get shipped from who-knows-where.
Finding proper care instructions is darn near impossible, because so many things are reversed here. For example, our “humid” months are the winter months (up to 25%!), and with 5% humidity and the high temperatures, placing potted plants outside in the summer is akin to putting them in the oven (day temperatures regularly reach over 115 degrees, night is in the 90’s.) It may rain once or twice. The spring and fall are much more agreeable.
On the plus side, I do have a room I can keep sunlit, humid, and temperature controlled. I have been preparing this space for a new bonsai (yes, I am determined to do this), but I’m not sure which advice to take, especially when the advice comes from humid, tepid climates with rainfall.
Does anyone have any advice they think could be helpful to my arid situation, or perhaps a place that offers such advice? I would really prefer not to kill another tree.