The rock style (ishi-zuke) and the rock rooted style (ne-agari) are distinguished from each other depending on whether the roots of the plants reach the ground or not. This style tends to reproduce very common situations in nature. For a good effect it is necessary that plants, pot and rocks form a harmonious and natural whole. The stones can be seen as boulders, on which the tree is resting, or as real mountains, when the trees placed in the vase are proportionately small compared to the context. It is a style particularly suitable for conifers, but it can also be used successfully on broad-leaved trees such as pyracantha, beech, zelkova and elm. Also used is maple.
Bonsai styles On rock: On rock(Ne-Agari)
The ne-agari style is little known today, but in the past it has enjoyed a certain popularity also thanks to its beauty. The peculiarity of this style concerns the fact that the roots are perfectly visible, because they are exposed, and follow the trend of the trunk even for long stretches. The overall feeling is that of a plant that floats in the air and a sense of charm, mystery and lightness is felt. The style symbolizes the growth of the plant even in hostile conditions, such as the lack of soil due to floods or landslides. In this case, in order to survive, the plant must keep its roots exposed. Making this style is not easy, and it is recommended for those who already have some bonsai experience.