Making a bonsai grow its roots over a rock is sometimes a good way to introduce style and creativity to a tree. It can take anywhere from a year to two to do this technique and can be done with young or old trees. Any rock or material can be used to grow the tree on, as long as it is porous or complex enough for the roots to wrap around and get a good hold.
Here is a ficus microcarpa my Grandma gave to me after she found it in her church yard. It had very little roots and took ages to become established again. This is in early 2015 when I didn’t know too much about soil and thus was keeping this one in poorly drained high organic material.
January 2016. Here it is after a re pot sometime in 2015 and some better care. It’s even growing…
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