Posted: 23/04/2012 at 02:48
From experience I would try something that is tolerant like a Chinese Elm, Podocarpus or a Maple. Outdoor trees are a bit easier to look after as they dont get affected by central heating/too dry indoor air as much but watch out for frosts! If you're just starting out then a more tolerant tree like these are usually better value for money and do put up with a bit more trail and error that some other varieties.
The main failure with bonsai is the watering - most like to be moist rather than soggy and drying out the soil inadvertantly can lead to a new tree been sought quite quickly.
When buying a tree make sure it looks healthy and its secure in its pot; if it is loose then there is a chance the roots could be damaged and this could affect the health of your tree.
I wouldnt go mad on buying tools as you wont need many to start with and its just an unnecessary expense. A decent pair of pruning scissors and a pair branch cutters will meet most needs.
Be warned - it can get addictive!!