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28 Apr
2010
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Cheap Bonsai Pots, Nice Looking Inexpensive Bonsai Pots

Bonsai as a hobby can be very expensive!  After buying all the tools you need, the trees you want, bonsai soil, bonsai pots, etc.  Chances are you are racking up a pretty good sized bill.

I love to bonsai trees, but the cost of it is just a little more that I can afford right now. After all, I am just “Trying to Get By!”

So I came up with yet another way to make some bonsai pots, that look nice, and won’t break the bank!

All you need is those cheap plastic (polyurethane) bonsai pots, and a can of spray paint.  The plastic pots aren’t the most appealing bonsai pots because of their color, but their shape and size are not bad to start some bonsai trees in.  And you can get a pack of these plastic pots for really cheap compared to buying the traditional terracotta bonsai pots.

So After I get a the plastic bonsai pots, Ill just go pick up a can of spray paint. Ill select a color that I like, or that I think will look good with the trees that I will be planting in it. Then I will just spray paint the outside of these pots and it completely transforms them from the cheap looking plastic pots to a nice colored/custom pot!

You may want to spray a clear coat on after painting it. This will help prevent the paint from chipping off especially if it is outdoors.

Try experimenting with different colors and flat or glossy clear coats.  These may end up being your new favorite bonsai pots!

6 Oct
2009
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What Shape Bonsai Pot Should I Use For What Style of Bonsai Tree?

Unglazed Bonsai PotThese are list of suggested bonsai pot shapes to use for the different styles of bonsai trees. They are not necessary, but they are some good guidelines when choosing the shape bonsai pot for your style of bonsai tree.

Formal Upright
Square, Rectangle or Oval

Informal Upright
Square, Rectangle, Oval or Round

Slanting
Square, Rectangle, Oval, Round, Hexagonal or Octagonal

Semi-Sascade
Deep Round,
Deep Square, Deep Hexagonal or Deep Octagonal

Full cascade
Deep Round, Deep Square, Deep Hexagonal or Deep Octagonal

Multi-Trunk
Oval, Round or Rectangle

Group Style or Forrest Style
Oval or Rectangle

6 Oct
2009
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How to Choose the Perfect Bonsai Pot, What Color Bonsai Pot Should I Use?

Choosing a Bonsai Pot

With So many bonsai pots to chose from where to begin. Well you need to first look at what type of tree you are putting into the pot. You want to use a pot that will compliment the tree. There are many extravagant looking pots with lots of detail and decoration, but before using one of these, you want to remember that you are not trying to draw attention to the pot. Rather you want the pot to compliment the tree and bring your attention to the tree. Distraction pots are not usually the best for Bonsai Trees.

So before you select your pot you need to think about what color will compliment the tree, and what size you need. The color of the pot needs to compliment the tree, and the size needs to be just right. If it is too small, the tree probably wont sit right, and may even die. If it is too large, it will look out of balance and the pot will dominate the area.

The other thing to keep in mind is the depth of the bonsai pot. Is the tree deep or shallow rooted? By the time the tree gets to the main presentation stage the thickness of the pot should be roughly 2/3 the thickness of the trunk. When training the bonsai tree though, you will be using a much deeper pot in hopes of slowly making the roots more shallow.

Sharp or Rounded Corners

Should you pick a pot that has sharp corners, or a more rounded pot? This will vary depending on what type of tree you are planing as well. Strong upright styles, such as a black pine are better off in a angular pot. Where as something that is in an informal upright position, or cascading position will most likely use a rounded bonsai pot.

There are many different shapes to explore when choosing your bonsai pots. Some of them are rectangle, square, hexagonal, octagonal, round, oval, rectangle trays, freehand shapes, etc…

So when choosing your pot just try to make it compliment the tree in its entirety. You don’t want your attention drawn straight to the pot, or likewise directly at the tree, you want to have an over all joining of the two.

Bonsai Pot Shapes for Specific Stlyes and Trees (CLICK HERE)

Color of Bonsai Pot Suggestions for Specific Trees and Plants (CLICK HERE)