Container size -- Use a pot about twice as wide as the one it arrives in. A few months later, you can transfer it to larger container (or into the ground, in suitable climates).
For soil, use a well draining mix. A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite or coarse horticultural sand. An alternate mix is 1 part coco fiber to 1 part perlite, with some granular fertilizer mixed in. If you tend to overwater your plants, use extra perlite or sand in the mix.
Transplanting tips -- Repot gently, and avoid letting the soil ball break apart, which can damage the roots. Give it shade after repotting, and increase the sun exposure slowly over a period of a few weeks. If it should wilt, reduce the sun for a few days. Eventually work up to about 75% sun. They appreciate some afternoon shade in hotter climates.
Watering -- It does best with evenly moist soil. Don't let it dry out completely, but don't keep it constantly soggy either.
Fertilizing -- Feed about every 2 months during periods of active growth using an all-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients, following the dosage on the package.
It may shed some or all of its leaves if temperatures are cold enough. Growth will resume in the spring. Protect it from frost the first 2 years. Mature plants can tolerate light frosts, but may lose branches.
Over about 40% humidity is best. If your plants seem to suffer from low humidity indoors, consider using an ultrasonic humidifier, sold at home improvement stores and some thrift shops.
Pruning & shaping -- Pruning isn't necessary, although you may prune it to shape it to your liking. Like most plants, removing lower side branches encourages upward growth, while pruning the main tip encourages side branches to form.
Bugs to watch for -- Spider mites (tiny "dots" under the leaves), mealybugs, aphids. Try using insecticidal soap spray before using stronger remedies.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Enjoy your plant!
Strange Wonderful Things