Monday, April 1, 2019

Bonsai 101: Fixing to much exposed roots

Hello, bonsaiaphiles. What are your solutions to major bonsai problems?
I had a Japanese boxwood that I found in a nursery. It was old and tucked away where only a bonsai enthusiast dares to go. You know what I’m talking about.
There was this JBW (Japanese boxwood) that had a lot of potential. However, over the
years watering it had washed away the top layer of soil exposing the roots.
I did not mind it so much. It even in my humble opinion looked nice.
It was in a 5-gallon pot. I worked on it for two years getting the roots short enough to pot in a shallow pot. The branches and leaves were looking nice.

Buxus microphylla bonsai

The elephant in the room was the roots:

exposed roots

This is what everything looks like together:

Buxus microphylla bonsai exposed root problem
Is this the best tree in the world? Of course not, but I love it.  I always thought that putting
a rock in there would be the best idea. I would need to find a rock that would first, fit in there.
Second, that looked natural and not forced. I stumbled upon this rock in my garden:

I removed a little bit more dirt. Then I started to wedge the rock in the space between the roots.
I did not want to force it and break the roots.

Buxus microphylla root over rock how to

Buxus microphylla root over rock how to

Buxus microphylla root over rock how to

Here is what the whole thing looks like after:

deshojo Buxus microphylla root over rock

It almost looks like they belong together. I would like it to slide a little more in. Ill tap it with this small hammer.

See how the rock curves up mimicking the trunk? That is a very good part of the design.

That's what I did. It came out pretty good if I do say so myself. There is a sense of satisfaction in solving these issues.

Do you have any similar experiences?