The whole idea for growing most Bonsai trees are to show off their unique and delicate beauty and that seriously can’t be done without having a pot that can help showcase your Bonsai. This is why potters create a variety of traditional and contemporary containers especially for accenting these lovely little plants.
Bonsai pots can be compared to a frame that is put around a beautiful painting or picture. If the frame isn’t special the painting isn’t going to look as good as it should. A frame is meant to set off and display a work of art and it’s no different with a Bonsai pot. It should do the exact same thing that a frame does for a painting, display the Bonsai as a piece of art.
Containers for Bonsai trees are made from a variety of different materials such as clay, ceramic, porcelain, mica, stoneware and sometimes even inexpensive plastic ones that are mainly used for training purposes.
Here are a few things to remember when buying your Bonsai pot. The container that you choose should always do it’s job and that’s compliment the attributes of your Bonsai tree. So if it’s the flowers you want to show off then the pot should be able to enhance their beauty. If it’s the trunk, or the texture of the bark or the leaf shapes and sizes, whatever it is that you want to have accented then you need to find the right pot that will do that.
If you have a flowering Bonsai or one that bears fruit most commonly the pot you use should have glazed colors. The muted colors of both brown and gray of unglazed clay is often what is suggested for evergreen trees, pine trees and junipers.
But in the end, it’s up to what you want the focal point to be for your Bonsai tree. Sometimes a Bonsai will end up looking its best when it’s put in what some might consider the wrong pot! Remember beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
You do need to take into consideration the size of the pot that you want when you are looking for just the right Bonsai pot. The length of the pot should be about two thirds the height of the actual tree and if it’s a tree that is short and is wider than it is tall then it should be two thirds of the total width of the tree.
When it comes to the depth of the pot the depth needs to be the same size as the trunks caliper at the base of the tree. So you should use shallow containers if you have a tree that has a skinny trunk and use deeper pots for those trees that have thicker and heavier trunks.
If you are considering having an assortment of Bonsai tree eventually you will more than likely then want to have a variety of different shaped pots, different colors and sizes. If you have a small collection on hand, you can use them when empty in a decorative arrangement and then grab one off the shelf when you need to put a Bonsai in it.
Here is a quick guideline for the different shapes of pots that can be used:
• Round pots – There are usually used for cascade and semi-cascade style trees. Of course it will depend upon the depth that is needed.
• Square pots – These are not often used with many of the traditional style trees. But sometimes if you find just the right one, you never know.
• Rectangle containers – These are generally the best ones for straight trunk Bonsai trees.
• Oval and round corners on rectangle pots – These are ideal for those Bonsai trees with the curved tree trunks.
• Lotus shaped containers – Can be used the same way as both the round and square pots.
• Wide shallow pots – These are wonderful for multiple trunks, those with rock plantings, raft displays and forest displays.
Where you place your Bonsai tree in the pot is important as well. If you are going to use an oval or rectangle sized pot then you need to put the tree a little bit behind the center line of this kind of a container.
Also, it’s going to depend upon the shape of your Bonsai tree. You should try to put it a little to the left or right of center if your tree leans to the right or left. Those trees that have much longer first branches that are reaching to the right for example should be planted a little bit to the left.
The exceptions to the rule do exist and that would be when using square or round containers. In these types of pots your trees should always be put in the center of these pots whenever possible, this even means cascade pots.
Just a few things that you should remember before you pick a pot that’s going to be the permanent home for your little Bonsai tree.
First thing, it’s always extremely important that you have already shaped your Bonsai to the style that you want it to grow in before you pick the Bonsai pot you want to transfer it to.
Always make sure that there enough holes for drainage in the pot otherwise you are not going to have a very healthy tree.