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Author:  Locky198 [ 19 Jan 2020, 15:37 ]
Post subject:  Help with pots

In the Spring I'll be repotting a few of my bonsai, my Mulberry is currently in a plastic training pot, I haven't yet picked a specific pot for the tree yet, but I have seen one I like, however currently it is too big for the scale of the tree. The pot is roughly the same length as the height.

When the tree is at the height I want this will be the size pot I would try and maintain it in.

So my question as silly as it may sound, so I apologise if it is a silly question, would you guys just pot it in a pot that's too big aesthetically and wait for the tree to catch up to it or pot it in something that is more fitting.

The tree is only for my happiness and won't be shown or anything, so I know in reality it's a matter of preference, however, I'd like to do things correctly that's all.

Thank you in advance

Author:  richardb [ 19 Jan 2020, 16:30 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with pots

Imo the pot is only fully relevant if you want to show / display the tree. I am sure there are some show trees which only go in a specific pot when shown. The tree could live in a wooden growing box as long as you were contented with this. Growing in a larger pot will give you more root space which should allow for quicker development. Ultimately it will eventually grow into the pot size.

Author:  Locky198 [ 19 Jan 2020, 16:40 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with pots

richardb wrote:
Imo the pot is only fully relevant if you want to show / display the tree. I am sure there are some show trees which only go in a specific pot when shown. The tree could live in a wooden growing box as long as you were contented with this. Growing in a larger pot will give you more root space which should allow for quicker development. Ultimately it will eventually grow into the pot size.


Thank you Richard, I thought this likely the case. I appreciate your help :)

Author:  Paul B [Swindon] [ 19 Jan 2020, 17:38 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with pots

If the pot is too small it will slow the growth of the tree, so unless it is an almost finished design better to go bigger, after all it isn't being displayed and will need that growth so you can prune back to your design.

In the UK we very often re pot far to often and should only be done if the roots need sorting or the soil is bad and doesn't drain, or it needs a pot for exhibition.

Author:  Locky198 [ 19 Jan 2020, 18:33 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with pots

Brilliant thanks Paul :Big Thumb:

Author:  Sizzla [ 20 Jan 2020, 06:32 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with pots

In the japanes shows the trees are often potted into impossibly small pots but as Richard says, they are only in that pot for the show and then spend a few years recovering. Bonsai is a cycle and even a finished tree often only looks it's very best for a season and then has time off from being displayed.

The only thing I've found though is if you've set your structure and the tree is particularly vigorous, it can be a step backwards to over pot too much and let the tree go wild as you lose the fine branching that you've worked so hard to create.

Author:  Gary Jones [ 20 Jan 2020, 18:10 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with pots

Agreed. A large pot or ground growing until the trunk (and possibly the primary branches) are the size you want. Beyond that you need to use a pot to keep the growth compact. A slightly oversized pot is rarely a problem and usually a help until the refinement stage.

Author:  Locky198 [ 20 Jan 2020, 19:12 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with pots

Thanks all, the pot I was considering is only the same height as the tree, however is the relative size roughly when the tree has hit the height I want.

Thanks all for the help, much appreciated :)

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