I was given a beatiful Podocarpus bonsai, but unfortunately it's now in a bad shape and I'm desperately trying to save it. I've tried to trim all the dried branches, but it seems to me that the rest of the branches is also getting crispy:(
It has still conditions of around 22 degrees celsius inside and some moderate light (not much of a direct sunlight). Watered whenever the soil is almost dry in around 1cm depth or so. Also using some bonsai fertilizer added to water once every two weeks.
I think I should cut the rest of the dry part of the tree but overall I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
This is what happens when one try to grow temperate trees in livingroom conditions. Since you don't say where you are I guess nortern hemisphere and it is authum now. That is when central heating kicks in and dry up the indoor air.
The way to make it to spring is to cool it down and and increase humidity. If you live in usda zone 9 or higher, just put it outdoors.
Read up on species before you get them. If you cannot provide good environment, do not buy them.
Trees have evolved during thousends of years adapting to the climate where they can be found. The hobby of bonsai has evolved in China and Japan during hundreds of years growing locally hardy trees outdoors. So called indoor trees have been sold in western countries the last few decades. It is driven by business. The trees have not adapted to that yet. Will take thousends of years if even posible.
Get yourself locally hardy species and grow them outdoors.