Originally Posted by holymadness
I used to raise bonsai, though not at anything resembling a master artisan's level. They are very fussy plants. Because of the absurd pot size to root ball ratio, they need to be watered every single day without fail. I had two die while on vacation because the person housesitting for me forgot to water them one day.
I had two Japanese juniper bonsai trees, in separate pots, that I left in the care of my neighbour while we went to visit the in-laws in Japan for a month.
When we came back, they were virtually dead and although I tried to nurse them back to health, they never recovered.
It's a hobby that can be incredibly rewarding over time, but it requires a lot of patience and a lot of practice to get it right. If you are the sort of person who wants to get the ideal result quicky, bonsai is clearly not the hobby for you...