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Root on Rock Bonsai – Stone Lantern


That is what can occur when you’ve a terrific rock and wonderful plant materials to work with (a little bit ability doesn’t harm both). It’s by Norboru Kaneko, from our Masters’ Sequence Juniper guide.

 Needle junipers and companions rising on a rock. Just like the photograph simply above, this one is by Norboru Kaneko and likewise from our Masters’ Sequence Juniper guide. Given what we’ve seen to this point, it’s secure to say that Mr Kaneko has achieved a level of mastery on the subject of root-on-rock bonsai.

 

With bonsai, it is often the tree that dominates, although the pot, (stone, slab or no matter) is taken into account a vital a part of the entire. On this case nevertheless, you would possibly determine that it’s the rock that dominates and elevates the planting from excellent to extraordinary. The tree is a Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica). The tree, rock and moss belong to David Benavente.

 

This is an equally spectacular and unbelievable Benavente planting. The principle tree appears so relaxed and pure given its precarious place. It is a Scot’s pine (Pinus sylvestris) and the others are Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica). As with the planting above, there are additionally ferns and moss. I will guess the convex slab is synthetic. 

 

A planting by Marc Noelanders. No point out is made from the kind tree or what the rock is made from. 

 

Three sturdy Shimpaku junipers on a stupendous rock. We’ve proven this yet one more than as soon as, however it’s ok for at the very least a fourth or fifth encore. From the Omiya Bonsai Museum.

 

Kimura rocks! I don’t assume it’s a good suggestion to function a bunch of root-on-rock  plantings with out at the very least a fast go to to Masahiko Kimura (aka  the Magician), the grand grasp of root-on-rock plantings and virtually something to do with bonsai innovation. The photograph is from a fb posting by Alejandro Sartori that he took throughout a go to to Kimura’s nursery. The timber are Shimpaku junipers.

 

One other root-on-rock by the Magician that was taken by Alejandro Sartori. It appears just like the timber is likely to be Hinoki (Cham. obtusa), a tree typically utilized by Kimura for rock plantings.

 

Past bonsai… Right here’s an uncommon and fairly compelling rock planting by Colin Lewis. It’s exhausting to inform, however it’s seemingly that among the roots have discovered their manner down into the soil within the pot through the mossy channels you may see, which could make this one a combo root-on and root-over.

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