How To Prepare A Bonsai Pot

Updated: Sep 28

Oh man this is the part of Bonsai every Artist and Enthusiast loves, Acclimating your tree into its new home A.K.A The Bonsai Pot.

There is so much that has happened in your Bonsai's journey before this point in its life and with all that has happened you want to ensure success when moving your Bonsai from its current growing medium to a Bonsai Pot. Preparing a Bonsai Pot might seem like a simple and straight forward task and maybe be often over looked or seen as a less important detail.

There are certain elements in Pot Preparation that are vital to your tree's success in its new environment so lets take a look at what they are below.

The techniques i share with you are my particular way of doing this and the way i have learnt, like the old saying " There are many ways to skin a cat " this applies here. As long as you take in the fundamentals and learn why each step is taken then you can put this into your practise and maybe even create your own workflow when it comes to Pot Preparation.

Lets get Stuck in.

Step 1

Pot Choice

This seems like an obvious step but there can be critical mistake made here.

For example you could choose a pot that is far to shallow for the species of tree you have or the complete opposite. If you ended up with a pot that was too deep or too large for your tree then you could end up with soil that wont dry quick enough and cause problems down the road, Not to mention a pot that is too big or too small for a tree is aesthetically unpleasant.

I cant tell you which pot exactly to choose or this post would be the size of a phone book!

BUT! i can give you a few things to consider..

Consider the following aspects of a pot when choosing for your tree

1. Size ( Try not too get a pot that is either oversized or undersized )

2. Colour ( Glazed, Unglazed, Dark Clay or something with nice art work )

3. Shape ( depending on the style of your tree this usually tells you what shape pot you might need )

4. Drainage ( if your species needs alot of drainage choose a pot with ample drainage holes )

5. Wire Holes ( pots with wire holes make anchoring a tree a breeze and allows you to get a tighter anchor and less movement on your tree )