Beautiful composition Walter. Do you start growing the sedum on the rock ahead of a tree being planted? I really love to see all the small plants in your rock plantings.
This sempervivum that I use is a dwarf form. It is quite rare and costs about US§$ 3 or more a little piece. They go under if planted into the garden - also in a rock garden. In modern substrate with my watering and feeding they explode. I have much more than a thousand. When planting a tree onto a stone I then just push a few of these into the soil. They seem to be indistructible there. After two years I have to really cut them out and throw away a hundred every time. Well, who wants them?Beautiful composition Walter. Do you start growing the sedum on the rock ahead of a tree being planted? I really love to see all the small plants in your rock plantings.
The rock was found in GermanyI don't want them. I have a couple of thousand as well.
I don't understand the part in the first post about the rock being found from a tree in Italy in the first post. Could you clarify that a little Walter?
It was a conscous decidion. Not everwhere nature puts a jin is a good place for one. There is a widespread tendency to have too many jins in general. So often fo take off or at leat to shorten some deadwood considerably is a good idea.
I keep reading it and it still says "Genuine stone found in Germany by Gunther Mainz from a tree which was collected in 1997 in Italy."The rock was found in Germany
The tree was found in Italy and this bonsai is made from that tree. (We have to udnerstand that many people look at this who have no clue that we collect ols trees from the mountians and make bonsai out of them. They have to be told that this is what we do.)
You are the first one in fifteen years to have a problem with this. Well, I might give it some thought.
My trick is that I grow a tree for many years, sometimes decades until it is very advanced and has a very firm compact root ball. Then I find the right stone for it, place the tree on the stone andsomehow fix it with wire. I do NOTHING to the root ball. Then I put some substrte around it and plant sempervivum to fix the substrate. There is no need for keto as nothing will fall apart. It is firm - very firm. This has worked well in more than fifty cases. Again: first finish the tree over many years. Then plant it as is on a stone.I'm interested in your methods for keeping the substrate on the rock - is it Ibuki BTW? Do you use keto as a wall? I'm asking because I would like to emulate it with this tree I dug from my front yard a few weeks ago. The Shari on yours immediately reminded me of my own tree. View attachment 263212