Find the right bonsai pot!

How to find the right pot by orienting yourself among many

by Valentina Addante

Finding your way in the jungle of bonsai pots is far from simple and often you risk getting lost. But how do you find the right pot?

In the world of bonsai, the pot is anything but a secondary element! It is rather the equivalent of the frame for a painting, it enhances it and at the same time reveals details about the nature of the plant.

Let's start with the first macro-category, the TYPE : Stoneware and Glazed.

Pot in Natural Stoneware

Glazed pot

Many do not know that it is not just a matter of personal taste. Preferring one over another must be dictated by the botanical variant and not only.

Here is a brief outline:

  • NATURAL STONEWARE -> Conifers and ancient plants; the stoneware accentuates the age of the plant
  • GLAZED -> Flower and fruit bonsai; the color of the enamel will create the right contrast, enhancing the natural colors of the plant

Olive Bonsai tree in a natural stoneware pot

Bougainvillea bonsai tree in a blue glazed pot

It is always important to preserve harmony. Ok to a pot with colors that contrast with the plant. But avoid those that are too flashy or too decorated pots, they could overshadow the plant.

The second is undoubtedly the FORM .

Also in this case the choice must be careful and made only on the basis of the plant to be housed.

An easy method is to observe your bonsai from above and pay attention to the shape of the shadow that the crown projects at its base.

If it is a round shape, choose a round vase, if more square, prefer a rectangular one and so on.

how to find the right pot

Chosen between stoneware and glazed, now use the convenient filters for "SHAPE", you will see only those that interest you.

Third, but not least, HEIGHT .
The secret to choosing the right one is knowing at what altitude our plant is in nature.

The more our botanical variant has origins in the high ground, the higher the pot will be and vice versa.

Let's take some examples:

do you have a waterfall bonsai? In nature you will certainly find it in the mountains, so choose a tall enough pot.

Cascade Juniper Bonsai

Do you have a maple? Its habitat is the flat areas, therefore it finds the right pot among the low ones.

Maple Bonsai

Finally, don't forget the general rule of the trunk diameter.

The greater the diameter of the nebari, the greater the height of the pot.

Now you know how to find the right pot! Easy right?

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