Choosing the Different Types of Bonsai Pots

Jun 11, 2022 | Beginner Bonsai

This blog post has been written by marketing and is yet to be edited by Selwyn.

There are several different types of bonsai pots. They can be oval, rectangular, marbled, or abstract. Some are made of unglazed ceramic. Aside from the shape and colour, another important factor in choosing a bonsai pot is its material. A bonsai pot should make the owner happy. So, here are some tips to help you choose the perfect bonsai pot:


An oval bonsai pot is ideal for planting trees that have a more feminine shape. This shape is also good for planting trees in forests. The pot is typically glazed blue and has two drainage holes. The size of the pot will depend on the type of tree you have, but the size of an oval bonsai pot should fit the size of the tree. Here are some tips for choosing an oval pot:

The shape of the pot is important. It should be at least two-thirds the height and width of the tree’s trunk. A little narrower than the spread of the tree’s largest branches is also recommended. Depending on the style of your tree, you may want to choose a pot with a shallower depth. For example, trees with soft-lined trunks are better suited to round pots, while those with a straight trunk will look better in a square or rectangular pot.


When choosing the right pot for your tree, it is important to remember that the size should be at least two thirds of the tree’s height and spread. A smaller pot will be a better choice for a tree with sparse branches and clean, straight lines, but you can experiment with the width and length of the pot to find the best fit for your chosen species. Choosing the right shape depends on the style of the tree, too: a slender, round pot will be better for a tree with a soft, curved trunk.

When choosing a pot for your bonsai, you’ll want to consider the height, width, and depth. Rectangular pots are the most popular size, so you can plant two or three plants at once. These pots are able to hold up to eight inches of soil, making them an excellent choice for training pots and for growing bonsai on a budget. These pots come in a range of styles and materials, and are generally 12 inches by eight inches by 1.5″ high. If you’re looking for a large, deep pot, you’ll probably want to consider buying one from a bonsai nursery.

Abstract marbled pattern

Before choosing a pot for your bonsai, make sure you carefully evaluate your current pot. It is not enough to consider the pot’s size and shape. You should also consider the color scheme and pattern, as well as its texture. Some pots have abstract marbled patterns, which are very attractive. But don’t just buy the first pot you see. Invest some time in looking at the many different types of pots available.

The most popular kind of pot is a white ceramic one, which is unglazed. Acer palmatum, on the other hand, has an off white glaze that complements its varying colour phases. It also looks good when it’s planted in a white clay pot. You can choose from several types of pots to enhance the design of your bonsai. Some types of bonsai pots are unglazed.

Unglazed ceramic

Initially clay, unglazed ceramic bonsai pots have now evolved into excellent training pots. These pots are mass produced in Yixing, China, known for its dark clay. Because of their natural beauty, unglazed ceramic bonsai pots are the choice of traditional and contemporary bonsai enthusiasts alike. If you’d like to invest in your own collection, consider purchasing unglazed ceramic pots.

When choosing a pot for your bonsai, you’ll need to decide whether you’d prefer a glazed or unglazed ceramic pot. Glazed ceramic pots are more vibrant and shiny, while unglazed pots look more natural and aged. The value of a conifer, for example, lies in its appearance and the impression of age it conveys. Nonglazed pots lack the shiny, vibrant color of glazed pots, but their earthier look and aged look may be better suited to conifers.

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"The bonsai is not you working on the tree; you have to have the tree work on you." John Naka.

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