How to choose a pot for a bonsai?

A bonsai is a great little work of art where both the worked plant and its pot combine so well that they make any of us want to have such a jewel at home. But we do not always give the importance it has to the plugin that protects the roots of our project.

When we go to a nursery and we go to the section of these plants we usually see that all, or practically all, are in the same type of ceramic tray more or less rectangular, blue or white, which is not correct . Everyone needs their own, but how to choose the right bonsai pot?

bonsai pots

The bonsai tray is that complement that, in a certain way, makes the bonsai itself. In order for a plant to grow healthy, it has to be worked on by humans , regularly pruning both its roots and branches. In this way, you can control the development of the plant while allowing it to look pretty.

When we put our tree or shrub in a tray for the first time, or when we have bought a bonsai in a nursery and we have to transplant it , we must take into account the aesthetics of the plant itself . This means that it is important that we choose that tray that not only highlights the beauty of the bonsai but also, when combined with it, must be seen as a harmonious whole.

Bonsai on display

Choosing it is not always easy. In fact, it is quite a complicated task. So that it is not so much, there are a series of *rules that we can take into account that are:

  • The width of the tray should be around 2/3 of the height of the tree.
  • The height of the tray should be one to two times the thickness of the trunk at its base.
  • A high gloss enamel tray is recommended for trees already producing flowers.
  • If it is a deciduous tree, both a glazed and unglazed tray can be used.
  • For conifers (pines, cypresses, etc.) unglazed trays should be used.
  • We will choose rounded trays for “feminine” looking trees and for trees that have a lot of curves, and angled trays for those with more or less straight trunks.
  • The color of the tray should never stand out more than the color of the bonsai itself.

Still, these rules are not strict . In the end, what matters most is choosing one big enough where the plant can be well 😉 .

How to choose a pot for a bonsai?

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