Choosing The Right Bonsai Pot For Your Tree

Bonsai Pot

Basic Guidelines On How To Pick A Pot

The literal meaning of Bonsai is ‘plant in a tray’ and one of the more interesting aspects of growing your own Binsai Tree is finding a Bonsai pot that fits your personality. Some people go by their gut feeling but that may be a bit difficult for a beginner.

So, here are some basic rules and guidelines that may help you in your quest for the perfect Bonsai Pot.


How To Choose The Right Bonsai Pot For Your Tree

Choosing the best pot for a particular Bonsai Tree is not easy mostly because, keeping in mind the physical requirements of the tree, your decision is subjective. Chinese and Korean pots number among the vast inventory throughout the world. There are so many available colors, sizes and designs that it can become very difficult to identify exactly which one will suit your needs.

Ultimately the final decision will be made according to your own personal tastes. Some enthusiasts prefer more conservative pot shapes, textures and glazes. Other enthusiasts prefer to make more unusual choices reflecting their individual tasts.

To arrive at a good decision when selecting your Bonsai Pot, it is useful to break down the choices into 4 parts… pot dimension, pot shape, pot color and pot texture.


Bonsai Tree Pot Dimensions

The first thing to consider is the size of the pot that you will need. The correct pot dimensions can be achieved using some basic rules according to the dimensions of the tree itself.

The general rule of thumb is that the pots depth should be equal to the diameter of the trunk just above soil level. For oval or rectangular pots, the length of the pot should be 2/3 the height of the tree. For round pots, the diameter of the pot should be 1/3 the height of the tree. For trees with especially wide canopies a wider pot may be necessary.

It should be remembered that these guidelines are based on aesthetics only. For horticultural reasons, some tree species require larger or smaller pots. Species with very fast growing roots often require deeper pots while flowering and fruiting species require more root run and therefore deeper pots.


Bonsai Tree Pot Shapes

The style of the Bonsai Pot that you choose will need to be in harmony with the Bonsai Tree. Take a look at your tree and evaluate it’s characteristics. Try to decide whether your tree is masculine or feminine.

Many trees are a combination of both although usually one is dominant than the other. For some people, a tree may be masculine and for others, it might be feminine… go figure. Ultimately it’s up to you to decide. It should be noted though that a firmly masculine tree will never look right in a very feminine oval pot. In turn, a feminine tree will always look awkward in a masculine pot.


Bonsai Tree Pot Color

Once you have decided on the shape of the pot, the next thing you need to consider is the color and texture of your pot. Every Bonsai Tree is unique and although it is possible to generalise, each individual tree will have something to pick up on as no two trees are exactly the same.

There are always small variations that can be brought out in the pot color and texture.

The color of the pot can be used to feature the color of the tree bark and therefore help the tree and pot to work together. For instance, an unglazed red or brown pot could pick up the color of the bark of a Juniper. On fruiting or flowering trees, the color of the pot can be used to compliment the color of the flowers or the berries.


Bonsai Tree Pot Texture

Textures in a Bonsai Pot are again used to compliment a tree. Smooth clay finishes are suitable for more feminine trees whereas heavily textured pots bring out the masculinity and wildness in a tree. A smooth glaze with lots of texture added to the lower portion of the pot.

It is also an interesting way of adding texture to a pot and mirrors the composition of the tree itself. The glaze will actually complement the foliage and the unglazed portion of the pot will pick up on the trunk.

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