WillC said:I am not familiar with Chinese Elm used as an indoor plant so I am of limited help. It would not be my first choice for a beginner learning bonsai.
Before you soaked the soil, had the soil gotten very dried out? Have you been keeping it outside? In sun or shade?
Thanks for your reply, here's an update... It went downhill, I took it to the garden centre it was from for some advice, they said it likely dried out during lockdown, that mixed with the change of environment essentially was killing it
It was bone dry when I got it. I gave back to them, really hoping they try to salvage it rather than chucking! It's a shame, being a general garden centre they couldn't really offer me any advice.
Anyway, I went to a proper bonsai nursery, got this chinese elm and received good advice on how to look after it, and a guarantee that I can call/drop in if there's any issues, and take it in if it needs pruning or repotting, which won't be for a long while I know.
Looking much healthier and happier 😊 and generally just much better looked after. Currently positioned here in South facing garden. I'm in UK so temperate, but has been up to 25 c this week. Wondering whether it will be too hot here? Probably 2m away from house wall which gets very hot