Pelargoniums can be coaxed and held for many years in bonsai-like containers. If you want to contnue that practice you will need, every few years, to unpot them and perform, much as it may pain you, some root surgery. Your specimen looks quite healthy but the leaf size is out of character for a bonsai-like specimen. A hard core bonsai person (I am not) would do that. If, as it seems, you are not one either, them you should still unpot the plant, trim some of the tangled roots and plant in a wider based container. The soil depth could also be increased. But, no, you should not have to cover up the roots at this stage, for they have grown accustomed to exposure. The plant will grow and, with combination of the root pruning and increased growth the size ratio of leaf to plant will look better. Not true bonsai, but there you are! Andrew San Diego -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Robert Blomquist Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:46 AM To: Pacific Bulb Society Subject: [pbs] Pelargonium triste I purchased this plant not long ago, and think it was put in the bonsai pot for sale only. Now I am losing the 2 lower leaves, and am thinking about repotting to a pot with the tuber completely covered for better growth. http://picasaweb.google.com/rob.blomquist/… IfmSQ&feat=directlink What do you guys think?