How to Grow a Bonsai Tree on a Rock

Bonsai is a kind of Art. It was first started in Japan. It is not so easy to grow a Bonsai. It needs hard work to grow a Bonsai. The main thing is that the tree will grow and will be aged but it will get very few minerals.

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This is a bonsai tree grown on rock.

Introduction To Bonsai Tree Rock Plantings

The sight of trees growing in or on rocks can be quite dramatic, as these trees have to struggle to find nutrients in a harsh environment. With Bonsai this kind of landscape is imitated, often using pine trees. This guide will describe in detail how to create a rock planting. 

When You Should Start Your Trees


Planting trees on a rock should be done during the spring season.

How to Create a Bonsai Tree Rock Planting 

First of all, a suitable rock needs to be found; it should have many small cracks and holes in it providing the tree with space for growing roots (see photo 1). Now select the tree or trees you will use to plant the rock with; pine trees are often preferred but also deciduous trees can be used. The selected trees should be healthy and have long roots, therefore plant them in a large container at least a year before using them to create a rock planting. Finally, prepare the soil by mixing akadama and garden mold in a ratio of ½ to ½. 

After having selected the rock and the tree, follow the step-by-step plan to create the rock planting: 
1. Attach several copper wires with waterproof glue to the rock, which will be used to anchor the roots to the rock and in doing so stabilizing the tree (see photo 1). Instead of using copper wires you can also choose to use a material which will gradually fare, like cotton. 
2. After the glue has dried place the rock in a bucket of water to wash off the dirt and soil. 
3. Now take the tree out of its container and after having removed the soil carefully disentangle the roots. 
4. Place the tree on the rock and spread the roots over the number of holes and cracks. 
5. Anchor the roots to the rock with the glued copper wires, but be careful not to damage the fragile roots (see photo 2). 
6. Finally, fill the holes and cracks with the prepared soil mixture and cover any exposed roots as well. 
7. Use some moss to cover the surface, to protect it against erosion. 

Aftercare for Bonsai Tree Rock Plantings

After having created the rock planting you can finish the composition by placing the rock on a flat scale. Prune the tree immediately after having planted it on the rock to lower the demand of nutrients from its root system. Start fertilizing a month later, as the limited amount of soil will easily lose its nutritional value. Also water regularly, as the soil will dry out quickly. 


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Comments (3):

Rating: 0 Up Down Flagadnan87adnan87 said... on Fri, 05 Aug 2011 03:20
Thnx For Such n article.

Rating: 0 Up Down FlagSharonSharon said... on Sat, 02 Jun 2012 11:12
such great art and creativity is beautiful

Rating: 0 Up Down Flaghomeandautohomeandauto said... on Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:34
Thanks for this well written and informative article. I was unaware that pine trees could be used as bonsai trees.

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