You may have noticed that Bonsai trees are small. But have you ever wondered why these cute little trees are so small and why they are in shallow pots?
So, if you’re a complete beginner in growing Bonsai trees or you want to find out a bit more about them, keep on reading.
How Do Bonsai Trees Stay Small?
One of the best ways to keep the growth of your Bonsai tree under control is the size of the container or pot that it has been kept in.
When compared to the plant, the pot seems comically tiny and as if it wouldn’t support a plant, let alone a tree. But this is for an excellent reason. It limits how much the roots can spread or expand; in essence, it traps the roots within the container.
With the roots not being able to grow, the tree remains small. If you were to put your tree in a larger pot, you would find a much larger tree. Over time, you could increase the size whilst still maintaining the dimensions you are looking for.
The pots being so shallow also allows the soil to maintain proper drainage. This maintenance helps the tree and stops them from absorbing too much water.
But how do you know if the pot you have is correct? Let us have a look.
How To Find The Correct Pot For Your Bonsai Tree
A big part of keeping Bonsai trees is spotting the perfect pot for your plant. Some people can get a gut feeling about the right size pot; others need a bit of help and research. The pot you buy should meet some specific guidelines, depending on what tree you buy
So what should you look out for? Let us look at some basic guidelines to follow when looking to get a new pot for your tree.
Is Your Bonsai Masculine or Feminine?
The first thing to find the best pot is determining whether or not your specific tree is feminine or masculine. This may sound impossible to figure out, as it is just a tree.
However, they have different characteristics that you can look out for.
Masculine trees have these particular traits:
- Old bark
- Thick trunk
- Dense branches
This is in contrast to Feminine traits such as:
- Smooth bark
- Sparse branches
Most Bonsai trees are a mixture of these traits, but you will find one is more dominant than the other. It is essential to know which pot you should buy.
What Size Pot Do You Need For Your Bonsai Tree?
Generally, you want the pot to match or complement the size of the tree you want.
It should be around a similar height as the trunk’s width, just above the roots on the surface. Depending on the shape of pot you desire will depend on the size, so keep this in your mind when looking.
Suppose you want an oval or rectangular pot. In that case, you want to be looking at a pot that is two-thirds of the tree’s height, whereas if you want a round or a square pot, then look for a pot that is one-third of the tree’s height.
Whatever pot you decide is best for your specific Bonsai tree, it should always compliment your tree and make it look unique. So what should you consider when it comes to designs?
What Design Should You Get For Your Bonsai Tree?
The design you choose should be guided by what your tree looks like and what its dominant sex is.
The closer you get to either the masculine side of the tree or the feminine side, the better the overall aesthetic will look. It would appear to be harmonious. Try out different styles and adjust the amount of masculinity or femininity to suit your tree.
Masculine pots have solid angles and straight lines, whereas feminine pots tend to be sofer and more curves. This will, of course, all depend on the pot and what you are looking for.
What Material Should Your Bonsai Tree’s Pot Be Made From?
There are many different types of material you can use to pot your Bonsai tree. And as long as they meet specific requirements, then the styling or material is up to you.
You can find pots made from:
You can find pots made from metal, but they may release toxic chemicals into the soil and then into your tree. These types of pots may want to be avoided. You can, if you have the skill and time, create your very own Bonsai pot. A unique and handmade pot made by your own hands definitely would make it memorable.
If not, then look online, in your local garden centre or in a Bonsai store. If you want a classic material to pot your tree, then porcelain or ceramic are the best choices, as these have been used for a long time though they can be pricy.
When you have brought your Bonsai pot, and your tree is nicely settled in and growing well, you may wonder how long it is until I need to re-pot my tree.
When Should You Re-Pot Your Bonsai Tree?
Different Bonsai trees have different schedules that need to be followed.
Some trees need re-potting every year, whereas others can go for s long time without changing anything. Bonsai trees can become pot-bound. This happens when the tree uses up all of the soil and nutrients available to it and grows into the container’s shape.
Due to the reduced space and support, your tree will die. Make sure to keep an eye on the root system; if it looks as if it is circling the container, it is time to refresh the soil.
If your tree still has roots in the soil, it doesn’t need re-potting this time; check it in the following spring to see how it is getting on.
Spring is by far the best time to re-pot your Bonsai tree, as, at this time, the tree is still dormant.
You are less likely to disturb the tree’s growth. If any damage has occurred when you are changing the soil/pot, the Bonsai can begin to repair it as soon as it starts growing again.
More information about bonsai trees can be found online. The article linked here is beneficial to any beginners: Are Bonsai Trees Easy to Care of?
Growing Bonsai trees has been alive for centuries. These trees look amazing, unique and provide a sense of calm and health to a room. If you are particularly interested in growing these trees, the first step is finding the correct pot.
Even if they look comical, the size and depth of the pot have excellent reasons why they are made like they are.
Remember, the health of your Bonsai is the most important thing. Make sure to buy a pot that will not damage your tree.
Your pot should always compliment your specific tree, so the aesthetic is vital to get it right. But, with the correct pot, your Bonsai tree will soon flourish.