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2 Oct
2009
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What Color Bonsai Pot Should I Use With What Bonsai Tree?


Just as important as the shape of the bonsai pot you are going to be using, the color can be equally as important.

Juniper Bonsai Pot

You need to consider the color of the tree year round. If it is an evergreen, like a Juniper you typically used an unglazed terracotta pot, but if it changes colors in the season you need to take that into consideration. Below are some helpful suggestions that will help you chose the color of your bonsai pot to compliment your bonsai tree. These are all just suggestions, they are not laws. So in the end, choose what ever you like best for your home or yard.

Junipers
Unglazed terracotta. (Brown)

Conifers
Dark Shades – Brown, Grey, Black (Unglazed)

Deciduous
Any of the soft greys or muted tones, also muted glazes.

Pink Flowered Trees
Blues, Greens, Whites

Yellow Flowered Trees
Dark Greens, Dark blues, Creams

Red flowered Trees
Light or dark – green or blues

Orange Flowered Trees
Browns, Greens

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1 Oct
2009
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How to Grow a Tree From a Clipping, Starting a Tree From a Small Branch or Cutting

Here is a simple way to start a tree or plant from a clipping or small branch from an already developed plant/tree. This has saved me a lot of money. Rather than buying new plants and trees, I start them for free from cutting that I will find of tree in the wild and other places.

What you will need:
Garden Scissors (or some that can a small tree branch)
Sharp Blade
Rooting Hormone
Pot or Garden Box (that can drain)
Potting Soil

The first thing you need to do is collect your branch cuttings. It is usually a good idea to get a few in case one or 2 don’t work out. You want to get a part of a branch that is pretty thin, and you want to cut it off so that it is about 5 inches long.

After you have your clipping, you need to make clean cuts and get rid of any branches or leaves that may be coming out of the cutting. Basically just clean off any growth so you are left with a small stick with nothing else on it. Some people like to leave the little leafs up top on the cutting to help with the photosynthesis. I am not sure if this actually helps or not. For woody type trees I don’t find this necessary.

If you don’t leave and leafs at the top of the cutting, you want to cut the top of the cutting just above where a leave or branch was previously coming out. Then cut the bottom of the cutting with a sharp blade (if all you have is scissors, that’s ok but not preferred) at a clean 45°.

After you have a clean cut, dip the bottom of the clipping in the rooting hormone about an 3/4 to an inch deep. If you are using powder rooting hormone, you can dip the clipping in a little water first so that the powder will stick to it. Then sick the clipping  into the potting soil about 1-1.5 inches deep. Its a good idea to make some pre-made thin holes in the soil so that you can easily slide the clippings in there without scrapping off all the rooting hormone when you insert it into the soil. The just pack in the soil around the clipping. I use a pencil, or a chopstick to start the holes in the soil.

Next water the soil so that it is damp, and place a plastic bag over the pot and tie off so that it can retain moisture inside well. But make sure you don’t suffocate it, make sure that some fresh air can still get in.  This creates a small greenhouse for the cuttings. Check your soil every few days to make sure that it is damp and you should start to see some new shoots coming out of the cuttings within a couple weeks.

Keep the pot out of direct sunlight. Somewhere in the shade outdoors works best.

Enjoy your new plants!

4 Sep
2009
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Should I Use a Glazed or Unglazed Bonsai Pot? Differences Between Glazed and Unglazed Pots

Selecting a Glazed or Unglazed pot can be a big deal, and there are a couple different factor that you need to take in to account when choosing to use a Glazed or Unglazed Bonsai Pot.

For professionals who know the difference between glazed and unglazed choosing the right bonsai pot can be a big deal. In general, unglazed bonsai pots will allow the roots to breathe better, because they allow more oxygen into the soil. This will also mean that the soil will dry out quicker. So if you have a plant or tree that likes or needs a generally moist soil all the time, you may not want to use an unglazed pot. Or you will just ned to water your bonsai more often.

The Glazed Bonsai Pots will retain more moisture, so you might not need to water as often. The glaze helps hold in moisture in the pot and soil. Air cannot move through a glazed pot as well as an unglazed one. A glazed pot can also add to the overall aesthetic look of the potted bonsai. If you are making a tropical plant into a bonsai tree, then you might be better off using a glazed pot. Since tropical plants are used to typically having moist soil and are usually located in more humid regions, the glazed pot will help replicate this a little better than an unglazed bonsai pot.

So, Whether you are going for a traditional look, or if you are just trying to get a colored pot that looks good in your house or yard, the pot will play a big roll in this. Chose a pot that compliments the plant, and will work well with the roots.