So you’ve got a Bonsai tree. Either, you’ve grown it from seed; unlikely. Bought it from a specialist or garden centre; more likely, or been given one as a present; a lot more likely.
The trouble is unless your Bonsai tree was bought from a specialist who is dedicated in growing these beautiful trees, you may just find that your Bonsai tree is not looking too healthy. Sure it would of looked great in the shop, but when you got it home did things start to change?
The reason for this is most Bonsai trees purchased from a non specialist are deliberately ‘brought on’. Not only that you will seldom find a Bonsai tree that has been paired to a pot specifically catered for it. This is probably to do with keeping the overall cost of the Bonsai tree down, but can be the cause of lots of problems.
If your Bonsai could do with a little TLC then it maybe time to change its pot…
A ceramic Bonsai pot should first be the right size for your Bonsai tree. If it’s too small it will easily be knocked over, but perhaps more importantly could drastically effect the root system which is the life blood of your tree. Whereas, if the pot is too large your Bonsai tree will appear dwarfed in appearance. Also, gauging water amounts correctly can prove problematical.
A ceramic Bonsai pot should just be large enough to fully support your Bonsai tree and provide room for a little growth. Choose a pot that complements your tree and not steals focus from it. The art of Bonsai is to replicate a naturally growing tree as closely as possible, but on a much smaller scale. Therefore, make sure your Bonsai pot is proportionate to your tree, is symmetrical in design, and neutral in colour.
Another important aspect to consider is to ensure the Bonsai pot has enough holes underneath for drainage. All too often Bonsai trees become waterlogged or dried out due to varying water levels or inadequate water draw off.
You will also be well advised to choose a ceramic bonsai pot that is not glazed internally. A Bonsai pot that is shinny inside can cause major problems with heat retention in the soil, and again can effect watering. However, its fine to choose a Bonsai pot that is glazed externally. Just be certain that if your Bonsai tree lives outside that the pot is frost-proof. Shinny surface Bonsai pots that have not been designed for inclement weather are notorious for cracking.
So now you have a little more knowledge about choosing a Bonsai pot why not treat your tree to a new home today?