Do Bonsai Trees Need Special Pots?

Choosing Bonsai Pots for Trees I sold Years ago

This is the first time we have seen your pot selection. Staggering how choosing the right pot can be so important not just size but style too.

today i have a very privileged occasion to see some trees i sold about 10 years or so ago and we have customers at all different levels and i’m very proud to say that i have here one of my old customers who is not just knowledgeable because he’s got good taste but he’s capable so if i can just ask my friend to introduce himself how long you’ve been here how long you’ve known me um i would say i’ve been coming here for about 15 years on and off and usually this time of year i get to the point where i i need to start thinking about repotting in early spring getting in soils and yes and training up and uh so the trip down today is essentially for that to have a look at some new pots for some um trees um and uh so i usually come and grab peter okay as he’s wandering around you’re doing exactly the right thing because many people come to buy a pot and they try to visualize the pot and how it would fit the tree i always remind people that buying a bonsai pot is like buying a pair of shoes or clothes you have to actually try it on if you don’t try it it won’t work it just does not work if you just say oh i think that pot will fit this tree doesn’t so let’s talk about these trees because these trees until you mentioned it i had almost forgotten because so many years ago are like old friends of mine let’s begin with this juniper here this is a classic chinese juniper that i probably imported in the 1990s and tell me something about this tree yeah so i brought this tree from you i would say about 10 or so years ago and at the time when i brought it it was quite sparse with foliage um and over and over that period of time it’s just been trained uh rewired and rewired and rewired um today i i think did you do the carving on this no the carving was done by you but certainly the positioning of the branches etcetera okay it was done by yes um i like your style because you got a very distinctive style i like the way you bring the branches downwards you see you bring them down and then form the pads rather than go straight out so this is a very useful style for those of you who are watching this video to learn see bringing the branch down and forming the pan this is a classic this some of the chinese would almost regard as a literary because it’s got a tall truck call it what you wish but it’s certainly got the literary character about a 10 thin slender trunk with very sinuous movement and it’s in this drum pot uh like most literacy should be so we’re going to find a new pot for this tree okay let’s put this aside now let’s talk about another tree all these trees are so interesting i couldn’t get over it now this tree if you come close josh we look at it now at first glance you would think that it’s a five needle pine it’s not and it’s not a scotch pine because they’re very compact so what is it it’s a boovernance spine and tell me the history about this so again another tree i brought i brought from the nursery probably untrained was it it was cool but it was it was semi-trained i mean there was a big thick piece of wire just to correct me why i was on the trunk is that why i was on the trunk and you can probably just see a little bit of is it embedded or did you remove it i removed it you moved it okay so the marks are down and the branches were wayward they were all over the case all right so of course so you virtually trained it from like a raw material i think you created the initial shape okay um and then everything else is what i’ve done um but i i feed it quite heavily how many years ago was this eight to ten eight ten eight or ten only eight or ten in eight to ten years you’ve created this beautiful and again i like the style bringing the brunch down and sweeping it out i love this way of training the branches beautiful i must say it’s not a thing that i’m used to doing but i like your style i like the style very much coming down see every box comes down and goes out so that is classic really beautiful and i like this sweeping movement so and this sweeping branch here balances the tree so it’s like a dancer going out like that you see that sort of effect you know that that’s not a style so it’s beautiful okay so we’re going to find a new part for this okay let’s before i look at the other tree you come here to find a new pot so straight away i could see this is japanese token in curved pot not a drum pod in curved pot but straight away by looking at this tree i have found this is a japanese primitive what they call nun bun and when you see the signature that signature is worth hundreds of pounds these pots are not made anymore i bought it from tokoname in 1993 and as you know the token army factories are now part of the nagoya airport so tokoname factory does not exist anymore so these pots are worth their weight in gold okay so i could see straight away that this pot would be okay at the moment is potted a bit high because the pot has become small but if we spread it out into this pot it would fit so i could more or less tell straight away that this is the pot for this tree so if you look at it from sideways this is what the tree would look in the spot maybe a little more here to balance it so that pot would be right and because it’s a circular pot let’s find slightly uneven side so that is it so this is the part i would recommend for it and i think you more or less agree that this would be the right pot so when you repot just tease the roots gently keep it the same height because this is a wider pot so the mound won’t be so noticeable and that would be a good balance where you put the tree is quite critical because you don’t want it to lean too much and yet provide the counterbalance for this tree i like this little bit of gin that’s beautiful it balances the tree again that way so let’s agree that this is a good platform so one of my boovernance history is from the field so if you want to buy google messages don’t come and buy from our field so this is the one there but now let’s look at other trees at other pod because we’ve got to find what’s for the other ones too now let’s look at this very interesting this is a blast juniper now blas is a much maligned species now if you can tell me the story of this tree this is from here as well it was yeah again probably um 10 or so years ago and originally the conversation we had when i brought this tree was that you were going to train it to to represent the force forbes logo because the forbes logo has a branch coming up can you see it goes up that way it goes up that when it comes down yeah and i think if we remove these lower branches it would be a perfect forbes logo but you did not make it in performance no i decided yeah so it looks much better yeah and um yeah so it’s it’s grown extensively and over the last few weeks i’ve just thinned it out and wired it now this image is reminiscent of these tall douglas firs or something you know big red woods look like this so it’s a typical redwood image redwood tree image it is splendid absolutely splendid i’m glad to say that i’ve been part of the history of this tree and it really makes my day when i see trees that have come from the nursery but other people have taken the tree forward i don’t claim that these were my trees because it’s no longer my tree you have put your stamp on it and you have made it yours which is so so important this is what the hobby is about you know putting your stamp on it getting enjoyment from it so this is a classic tree that a very very good bonsai enthusiast has made so let’s find a new pot for this one now it’s in a what we call a lotus pot if it were in japan they would not hesitate to say that that is the right uh size pot but i think it’s a bit too shallow for that tree and because the tree is such a powerful looking tree that pot looks a bit weak for that tree so you know the feeling of the tree has to be translated into the pot so let me see how i can find another point so uh let me cover me josh we look and see what choices we have so these are all all primitive pots that i bought in japanese auctions years ago these are all primitives i’m always tempted to use the primitives because they really look nice but i think a nice drum would also fit so let’s go that side and have a look at the drums let’s try this [Music] i’m doing this size zero video right so let us see what would be nice for this tree this is another primitive this is what uh these are commissioned from china it’s not a japanese pot but nevertheless it’s quite a nice pot let’s see how it would look in this let’s look at eye level again see now that part because it’s slightly bigger it feels more comfortable just a couple of inches makes the fear tree look comfortable so that is a good choice so that’s not expensive that part is only 79. now let’s try the drum i like the primitives because it’s a very informal part and this has got no distinct name style so that does well now the drum pot is more formal but with a drum part let’s see that would also fit because the size is right you see the size looks comfortable if i try the next size drum this is a much bigger drum but i think this may become too big for the tree mind you it’s about the same size as that primitive how about that one that’s nice that’s not bad that’s quite nice that’s comfortable as well the size is nice isn’t it i think that looks very comfortable so it’s a choice between this or that hard choice very hard choice look at that and look at this i would like to advise you because at the end of the day poison chest is a very personal thing what you like may not be what anyone else likes this part is more informal it makes the tree look informal this makes it look more formal yeah the choice is yours it’s a very difficult choice like 49.50 that sort of balance i may say 50 and you say 49. that could be the other way around don’t ask me for my opinion what an interesting choice you want my honest opinion yes please this one because it’s so nicely trained yeah it needs a formal looking pot yeah yeah i i think the detail also yes it’s in better balance with the tray as well okay okay all right so that’s number two solved okay that’s not too difficult but of course when you have so many parts the choice is not that difficult so that is number two done and then the last one is getting back to this tree that’s really nice this has got a literary feel about it if i may say so you should probably open it up more so you see a trunk better which way do you use citizenship like that so you can see oh don’t you think it’s hiding too much possibly although it is okay the dance of the seven veils you don’t want to show everything it is all to be to be thinned and trimmed and rewired all right so it’ll look sharp again now this is an easy one i think this time we discarded this one this i is it’s a bit high can you get a good shot sort of looks nice yeah i think the width complements the yeah that’s the width of the tree yeah because these trees have outgrown that pot those pots may have been okay six eight ten years ago but because the trees have grown much more you need a slightly bigger pot so that wasn’t too difficult you certain for that yes that was good okay so thank you very much it’s a beautiful little made my day bringing these trees back and to see it doing so well it’s like seeing children grow up okay so thank you very much [Music] you

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