Potting your tree in an appropriate sized pot will help it grow faster and healthier. Bonsai pots are very decorative and add to the whole look of the plant or tree. Before purchasing familiarize yourself with the possibilities. This is important for when you are growing tiny trees as a miniature display garden in your home.
Try to buy containers or pots by how you think it will look with a finished specimen tree growing from it. There are only a few large and small shapes, square, oval, round or rectangular and a couple of types ceramic glazed or unglazed. The difference comes down to personal preference.
A bonsai pots come in many different sizes from 3 inches to over 15 inches, 8 inch and 12 inch the most popular
Growers with a cascading bonsai tree (meaning it grows over and down to one side) will need something taller like a cascade bonsai pot pictured here or any size above 5 inches. Because most plants are tiny the containers are normally around 3 to 4.5 inches tall. Pot sizes for shohin bonsai are from six to eight inch, including smaller trees that need a small bonsai pot.
General points to keep in mind
Chinese bonsai pots blend in well with most patio decorations and there is a wider selection in shapes. Japanese pottery and mica pots are just as nice and may suit your needs better. It all depends on your surrounding furnishings and decor.
There are only a few styles of containers, square, round and rectangular. Most are not perfect in shape, this gives your plant a more natural look of age. As far as glazed or unglazed ceramic bonsai tree pots go, just think of them as one is shiny and the other is not.
Japanese bonsai pots normally have legs or feet. These can make a small tree display a little nicer and make it look taller than it really is.
Decorative pots usually come with a matching tray, which is a very nice idea. There is a larger selection of these types of bonsai pots. When buying a bonsai tree container be sure that you read the description, in particular the size of the pot. Other wise you may be thinking you are getting a larger pot for a cheap price, when in fact the pot will end up being too small.
What Type Of Bonsai Pottery Is The Best
The role of bonsai pottery is only to flatter or enhance the look of your bonsai. You are bringing balance by matching the size of tree with the container which is important in the art of bonsai.There are two basic kinds of pottery to choose from – display pots or training pots.
Most growers will tell you when a plant is in the training phase, it just needs to remain in a functional training pot, typically made out of mica or plastic. For me I like my trees to look good all the time so I by decorative chinese bonsai pottery for any stage of growth.
If purchasing Japanese pottery as a training pot it must provide an adequate space for a stable and healthy root system to grow, as well as good branching. Training pots are also equipped with large drainage holes to ensure water does not pool at the bottom of the pot, which can water log the roots and kill your bonsai. This is the main cause of poor growth in a pot. Once your plant has grown out of its training phase and is almost fully developed, re-pot in a display pot.
Display pots are more decorative and are typically ceramic with either a shiny, glazed finish, or an unglazed dull finish. Ceramic pots are also frost proof which is a good idea if you have trees outdoors. While these pots are beautiful, its important not to choose a pot that will overshadow the beauty of your bonsai, choose one that will enhance the beauty of your tree.
What I mean is a flowering tree looks better in glazed pottery with soft colors, such as cream, light blue or green.
Types of bonsai pots or pottery
Unglazed pots in earth tones, such as gray, brown or reddish clay, are best paired with conifer and evergreen bonsai trees. These colors help portray the harsh environment that is their natural outdoor habitat. Un-glazed bonsai pottery are also often used when emphasizing the age of the tree or when the plant is being used to help express a quiet and calm atmosphere.
Mica pots only come in oval shapes. These types imported from Korea are made of 80% mica, 15% polyethelene and 5% graphite. Mica has a natural ability to stabilize the temperature of the soil in the pots. This promotes healthy root activity during the growing season and protects during the cold periods. These pots are extremely durable.
Because outdoor trees are kept out of the weather and high winds they are grown on a sundeck or patio. They still need a decorative plant pot to display in. Also keep in mind the color of your tree and try to match the pot color with the trunk or bark color or if its a flowering bonsai with the color of the leaves.
As a foundation for your tree, you will note that bonsai pots also secure the plant as well as aid in helping provide a healthy growing environment so your bonsai can thrive.
Everyone needs containers with drainage holes whether they are for an indoor bonsai or outdoor bonsai tree. You can plant in a drainless pot, but plant care is much more difficult. Choose the size of the pot with the size of the tree, needed to allow for maximum growth and to make sure the soil has some room to breathe.