Answer: Many of the bonsai plants found at garden centers are sold with the soil covered by a hard layer of glued pebbles. This helps prevent overwatering but should be removed as soon as possible once you get the bonsai home. This layer will prevent water from reaching your soil. You can remove it by submerging the pot in water for 30 minutes or so and then using either your fingers or pliers to remove the now soft layer of pebbles. Best wishes with your new bonsai!
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