When choosing a container for your tree, there needs to be a balance between aesthetic, what the tree needs and your ability to meet those daily needs. Therefore, if you can’t attend to their every need several times a day, then you may need to prioritise its health more than its looks.

You see, the post where you place your Bonsai is important. A huge part of the art of growing a Bonsai is the experience of the tree that has become detached from its ground and now is in a pot. It doesn’t become a Bonsai until the tree and the pot form a harmony together. 

A ceramic pot is one of the most popular choices among Bonsai owners today. If you’re one of them, here are some things you need to know: 

1. The Glaze

One of the biggest questions when it comes to ceramics is the glaze. On the other hand, you can get an unglazed one, if you prefer the earthy look. 

There’s a certain tradition when it comes to Bonsai trees: conifers choose unglazed, while deciduous go for glazed. Conifers are a “quieter” species of tree, and their value is more defined from the impression of age. Therefore, unglazed containers work best because they complement conifer well. 

Besides the physical aspect, conifers rely on a huge amount of water and oxygen exchange to enhance microbiotic activity. Using nonglazed containers allow for these exchanges to occur. 

Now, for deciduous trees, glazed containers complement them better due to their change and growth when seasons change. Furthermore, this type of tree doesn’t rely on mycorrhiza to survive; therefore, it can tolerate the lack of air/water exchange that is allowed in a glazed container. 

2. The Colour

The colour of the container plays a significant role. Now, you have options to choose from—complementary and analogous colours. 

On a colour wheel, the complementary colours are the ones opposite each other and are more contrasting. Analogous are next to one another as they are more similar. 

Using analogous colours will create a quieter composition, while complimentary ones will make the colours of a tree stand out.

3. The Size

Trees that are masculine are those that are thick, with an angular movement, while feminine trees are slender and more curvaceous. So, if you have a rectangular pot, it can accentuate the masculine features of the tree because of its increased visual mass. 

On the other hand, oval-shaped pots enhance feminine forms because they are more subdued. An oval pot can make the tree feel buoyant. 

4. The Stability

When it comes to bonsai trees, stability and elegance are crucial. Pot stability comes from the angle at which the walls of the container rise from the base. With every bonsai, you need to weigh the benefits of stability and elegance and achieve the right balance in your design. 


The right ceramic pot for your Bonsai can make a lot of difference. That’s why you need to make the right decision when choosing a ceramic pot for your tree. Use this information to guide you through the process. 
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