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cbobgo

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Advice on a new pot for a boxwood
« on: April 16, 2012, 12:23 AM »
This is a nice little Kingsville box that I've had for about 3 years.  It was a classic helmet shape when I got it.  Ive been working to get some definition to the foliage and reveal some of the branch structure.  It's still a few years away from being showable, but I'd like to get it into a nicer pot. 

Since it reminds me of the spreading shape of the California Valley Oaks, I thought that maybe a golden-yellow pot to suggest the golden hills that those trees grow on. 

The tree is 5 1/2 inches tall from the rim, and the canopy is about 10 inches wide.  The current pot is just under 3 inches tall - I think that needs to be reduced quite a bit - maybe by half? The width of the pot seems about right.  While the roughness of the bark suggests masculine, the curves suggest feminine, so I think sticking with an oval is probably best.

Anyone else have any suggestions on the best pot for this tree?

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Chrisl

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Re: Advice on a new pot for a boxwood
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 10:29 AM »
Bob, take what I offer with a grain of salt as I'm still quite new to choosing pots myself.  I think too an oval, say 1.5" deep, but maybe? smaller too a bit?  The present size just to me looks a bit too big.  A creme or light tan to accentuate the bark I think would look nice.  Be sure to update this with your new pot! ;)
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Re: Advice on a new pot for a boxwood
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 01:42 PM »
I agree. Shallower by at least half-more if possible. Boxwood can take extremely shallow pots.  Oval about the same length, maybe a bit more if you're after a bit of negative space to suggest open land.
 
If you go "golden" make it a very subdued golden...
 

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Re: Advice on a new pot for a boxwood
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 06:11 PM »
Thanks for the input.

I'm thinking about getting a custom made pot.  Any thoughts on other details?  Feet? Rim?

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Re: Advice on a new pot for a boxwood
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 10:12 PM »

If you go "golden" make it a very subdued golden...

Yes, I did a little google image search and found this pic that shows the color and feel of what I'm trying to convey.

http://ingridbrowning.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_3811.jpg

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davestree

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Re: Advice on a new pot for a boxwood
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 09:44 AM »
I would say low profile, with a rim, very thin wide feet.  I like earth tone glazes for boxwoods.  Then keep it in the shade.