So I have a bonsai tree I received in October for my birthday. I believe it is a Japanese elm and I am sort of enamored with it. I have, however, been trying to not think about it much as I don't need another plant addiction: Sarracenia and orchids are enough for now. As such, I am avoiding joining a bonsai forum. Lucky Terra Forum members, then, as I have a question.
How do I keep a bonsai tree in shape, so to speak? In other words, do I need to prune it as new growth occurs to maintain its shape, or should I just let it bush out? This little guy suffered an aphid attack a few weeks ago, and now that the pests have been eradicated the thing is exploding with growth. I would just hate to see it loose its "divine proportion."
I will post a picture of it in a bit, hopefully. Thanks!