Bonsai pot

What are bonsai

The name Bonsai literally indicates a “potted plant”, which is a plant that is in a low container, and is of Japanese origin. The origin of the name, however, is not equivalent to the origin of this form of gardening art that was born in China more than two thousand years ago. In the West, these small trees were introduced in the twentieth century and found positive feedback only from the years 80-90 onwards. Today they are very popular because, given the small size and the harmonic shapes that can be obtained, they can be grown both in apartments and on balconies. The initial choice of bonsai must start from this choice: buy an indoor or outdoor plant because, being delicate plants,

The shape and size of the bonsai pot

The shape and size of the bonsai pot vary according to various factors, both aesthetic and functional to the plant (larger in the period of growth and smaller once the roots have been developed and pruned). In fact, the size of the pot must be proportionate to your tree, follow its shape without being unbalanced (the direction of the branches is fundamental, it depends on their trend, whether vertical or horizontal, and if lateral the bonsai must be harmoniously decentralized), and changed during the period of growth until the desired result is obtained. Another important consideration is the variety of plant: some are considered masculine due to their vigorous stem, evident bark and the shape of the conical trunk (e.g. conifers), others as feminine for their more delicate and sinuous appearance and smooth bark (eg Japanese maple). A shape with sharp edges is more suitable for a male bonsai, a rounded shape for the female one.

Information on the measures of the pot and choice of material

There are numerous varieties of bonsai pots, different in shape and size, both in terms of width and depth. If, as already mentioned, a young plant needs space to root well, once developed the root system can be pruned and the tree can be planted in a smaller pot. According to the aesthetic canons, the vase should be 2/3 of the height of the plant, if rectangular, and with a diameter of about 1/3 of the height of the trunk if round. The height, on the other hand, depends on the structure of the roots themselves, or if they tend to widen or grow in depth. As for the material, it is a purely aesthetic and personal choice. There are enameled and terracotta vases, decorated with bas-reliefs,

Bonsai pot: The colors of the bonsai pot

Even the color of the bonsai pot is an indication of the personality of those who have chosen it. It is possible to seek harmony between the plant and the chromatic scale or a sharp contrast, which however is not typical of bonsai art, always in search of the “potted” reproduction of nature, or to enhance the peculiarities of the tree. choice of the color of your vase. If the plant produces brightly colored flowers or fruits, a polished or painted enameled vase that reproduces the same color may be indicated; if the flowers are white a brown one is preferable, for the delicate red maple one in terracotta with an oval or round shape, blue for flowering plants such as azaleas, green for trees with a light and not excessively conical trunk,

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