The Right Bonsai Pots Is Very Important
by Andrew Green
As with all types of plant pots, Bonsai pots are available in a
huge array of sizes, shapes and colours but making sure you select
the correct pot for your Bonsai tree can make the difference between
a good looking Bonsai and an incredible looking Bonsai. Be warned,
though, the pot you pick can have either positive or detrimental
effects to the growth of your beloved Bonsai tree.
What type of Bonsai pots should I be considering?
Firstly, if you have a juvenile Bonsai that is still growing quite
rapidly you will need to consider several training pots before you
decide on a final show pot to exhibit your Bonsai. However, when selecting
a Bonsai pot you should never pick one that means you will need to
drastically trim the roots. If you do want to reduce the size of your
pot or the roots then you need to take it in gradual steps, moving
down a pot size at a time before eventually reaching the size you
Make sure the pot you are considering has very good drainage and
is entirely frost proof, this will help keep your Bonsai safe and
healthy all year round whether it is kept indoors or outdoors. If
you are selecting a glazed pot, be sure that only the outside of
the pot is actually glazed, because the Bonsai will need the rough
surface on the inside for the roots to grab onto and establish themselves.
What pot for what tree?
The type of pot you should buy is indicated by the kind of tree
you are growing as well as the style you want. Conifers lend themselves
brilliantly to naturally coloured, unglazed pots whereas deciduous
trees look good in glazed or unglazed and in just about any colours.
Experiment a little to find the right pot for you, and especially
consider pastel colours for your deciduous trees or a bright coloured
pot for a flowering tree.
Also, consider how much room the roots will need for your particular
choice of tree. Cascading trees will require a deep pot with plenty
of room for the roots to grow down but also so the branches can
hang over the side without draping on the floor.
If you have a heavily glazed pot, remember that the colour of the
glaze will age and ware off slightly over it's lifetime and many
people wipe the glaze with French polish in order to speed the process
up giving your glazed pot a slightly more natural and aged feel.
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