root over rock

  1. AlexoftheCastle

    Help ROR Ficus bring sexy back, guidance/input please.

    Inherited my dads ROR ficus approx. 11 y.o. with the tree left to grow freely. Fear of killing the tree its been Semi-neglected the last 4 years, it's been great practice learning trees habits, and basic bonsai techniques(Thank you bonsainut community!) The lack of balance and unruly growth is...
  2. Wulfskaar

    Considering using this rock

    I am considering using this rock in a ROR composition. I would like to use one of my 3 year old JBP's. 1. The rock cracked and split along it's original plane of deposition as I was hammering on it. I think it looks pretty cool. Will this cause issues down the line? 2. Is the pictured 3 year...
  3. FreshAirSunshine

    FreshAirSunshine's 2023-2026 ROR Contest Apple Submission

    Not yet a ROR, but I think that's where I'm going to take this collected apple. Recently bought at a club auction and still in field soil. The branches and curve make me want to something semi-cascade-like, but I need some convincing way to get the trunk majorly tilted. Am I stupid thinking...
  4. R

    Rutger78 2023-2026 Root over Rock Contest

    Came across this contest and thought it might be fun to join with my (wild) rose. I was considering placing it over a rock anyways. Grown from seed over the past 3(?) years. Possibly Rosa rubiginosa or similar. Removed some branches previously but extended quite a lot so gave a heavy pruning...
  5. chlorine-queen

    Planning an approach to BRT over geode

    Some time back I got it in my head to try developing a RoR bonsai over a large geode and decided a BRT would best suit the look I had in mind. I found a nice rock first, and since I live in coastal Oregon where BRTs are nowhere to be found in brick and mortar stores, I ordered one from Wigert's...
  6. Sticks 'n' Triangles

    Sticks 'n' Triangles' 2023-2026 ROR - Crataegus (Hawthorn)

    Picked up some cheap hedging hawthorn last year, noticed this one had some interesting roots, intended to make an exposed or ROR this year, so great timing for this contest! << Chose the porous volcanic rock that the tree fit best on. And not bad colour IMO Can't really see in these photos, but...
  7. Chris_HTC

    Root Over Petrified Rock

    I’ve read a lot on here about people asking about doing a root over rock with petrified wood. I planted this Elm 3 years ago and here’s the progress. Just transplanted it today.
  8. James W.

    2023-2026 ROR Contest rules

    1) To start immediately and end December 1, 2026 (4 years). No closing date for accepting entries. 2) Entries should be from the families Moraceae and/or Rosaceae. 3) 'Rock' may be anything as long as the roots are displayed growing over, around and/or through it. 4) Number of entries per person...
  9. jszg

    Amurs on a Rock

    Here is my humble attempt to get a little Amur Maple grove growing on a rock. If it doesnt work, well, it's not like amur maple is a precious resource. The rock: I then did my best to cloak the rock in wet sphagnum moss, maybe an inch or so in depth, as a substrate for the young maples. I...
  10. Julio-Rufo

    Ulmus minor - Root over rock

    Hi all, This is a small Ulmus minor that appeared randomly in the pot of another bonsai some years ago. In 2020 I decided to put it on an empty cheap chinese pot that was around. Last late winter I decided to do something with it and I started a little root over rock project: A bit...
  11. kjo/a

    How do you secure your rocks in your pots?

    My root over rock spruce is entering its second season of rock hugging now. I was absent mindedly looking at the new growth extending today when it suddenly occurred to me that I never planned how I was going to go about securing this tall heavy rock into a pot some day, and there are no lumps...
  12. aframe


    I started this tree from an air-layer that I separated from the mother in 2015. I planted it on the rock in 2016. In December 2018 I gave it to my brother in law for his birthday. In spring 2021 I stole it back to re-shape it. The pictures below are Dec. 9 2018
  13. L

    Lorax7 Pomegranate #1 progression

    I grew quite a few pomegranates from seed. This is one of them. Had it potted in a tall pot for a while to grow nice long roots. Recently did a root over rock planting with it. It has since dropped most of its leaves. I’ll be bringing it indoors and putting it under lights soon. Hopefully...
  14. L

    Lorax7 Mugo Pine #1 progression

    As usual, I forgot to take a picture of the tree before working on it. Didn’t take a picture of the lace rock either. Did a root-over-rock planting at a Pauline Muth workshop. I guess I paid attention in class because it’s still alive and kicking. Here it is in fall 2021:
  15. Fishtank307

    Zelkova root over rock

    I made this root over rock planting from a two year old zelkova cutting. I had the rock laying around for some time, it came from a river in the Ardennes. The cutting fits perfectly on top and I made sure none of the roots were crossing. I tried to create a good flow in the roots, moving them...
  16. JBP_85

    Rock Collecting

    Hi Everyone, I’ve been out over the last couple of days collecting rocks so that I have a variety to choose from when I start my root over rock Trident seedlings this coming spring. @Shibui recommended I get a range of options. I just figured I’d share what I’ve found so far and get...
  17. Rivka

    I'm the New Caretaker for an Old Larch Grove, looking for insight.

    Today I became the 3rd caretaker for an old larch grove that is apparently 60+ years old. It has been owned by two members of my local Bonsai Society, the last of which for 20 years. I would love to learn all I can about larches, I have always loved them as landscape trees, as well as anything...
  18. faker

    Zelkova ROR project

    I've been working on this Zelkova for a few years now and wanted to start a thread to track progress and get some feedback. 2018: Repotted this year and changed the angle: I think I'll be planning a major chop/cutback sometime this year or next year depending on how fast it grows. Poorly...
  19. James W.

    When should I check them roots?

    I have several root-over-rock I have started in the last 5 or so years. Juniper, Chinese elm, trident, JBP, mugo, cotoneaster, rosemary. My question, how long should I wait to dig one up and check the roots? I do not want to wait until the roots are not fixable, but I am afraid too quickly or...
  20. thumblessprimate1

    Root Over Rock Trident Maple

    I must have been inspired by @Brian Van Fleet to do a root over rock trident maple when I started this who knows maybe 3 years back? I got the cutting from @Eric Group. I cant remember but I think it's spent its time growing in containers. This time I'll continue but will let roots escape. I...
  21. TyroTinker

    Too small for RoR?

    I’ve always liked the idea of ROR and today I took my son to his first rock and gem show. While I was there I found this cool looking rock that has some potential for use with root over rock problem is... the rock is just under 5 inches tall... Is this size out of the question for a believable...
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    Elm on a rock in a pot
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    Elm on a rock
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    Elm and a rock
  25. ekim046

    Azalea Bonsai Experiment - Measuring Precise Nutrient Levels & Garden Update

    Hey folks, Just wanted to share my thoughts on measuring nutrients and applied some ideas from Hydroponics growers <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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