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Don Dunn

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Training pot
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:12 PM »
Dug my miniature pomegranate and did not have anything big enough to pot it in. I made this extra large 16"x11"x 4.5" to give it space to grow a couple of years before I repot it.  I hope this pomegranate survives because I had to remove more roots than I had planned.  I should know in a month or so.
 

Don Dunn

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Re: Training pot
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 10:02 PM »
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Charles Willis

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Re: Training pot
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 11:54 PM »
Potted in bonsai soil? Also, what does the bottom of the box look like? I've seen ones online with just a couple of boards on the underside with mesh between so they're a bit like Anderson flats. I'm curious because I have a few spare boards laying around I thought about slapping together myself.
 

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Re: Training pot
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 02:00 AM »
Charles
Yes, I used just Lava and granite as I do not have any Akadama. I noticed that some of the Japanese growers were using wooden training pots.  And out of an immediate need I decided to make one myself for this tree. I do have some concerns though. First because it is wood all over, the sides and bottom will stay moist. This could be a plus but more likely it will cause a problem down the road. I put a good amount of drainage before inserting the tree but as the roots grow and touch the sides and bottom the constant moisture could cause them to rot. I used redwood so they should last a couple of years. The more I think about it I will probably re pot this tree next spring so I can see how well it is working. As far as the drainage goes I  made four 1 "  holes just like you would find in a normal Bonsai pot.  I would not use treated wood like pressure treated , the chemicals could leach out and harm the tree. Some, I noticed make the bottom slats (spaces between the boards)  and then put wire over that. There is also another type I am thinking about making. It involves concrete and perlite. Supposedly it is hard, light and durable. You may have noticed I  like messing around and trying different things. If I was smart I would have been a Scientist. LOL
 

Anthony

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Re: Training pot
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 02:25 AM »
I used to make wooden [ local cedrula ] boxes when I first started Bonsai, then onion crates became available. I lined the bottom of the boxes with coarse crushed red earthenware brick.
Everything grew well.

Then grape and apple styro boxes became available, and after that large pink plastic bonsai pots, and finally, I used colanders in the ground.
Now I am back to pink plastic bonsai pots and colanders.

Hoping to see your Punica g. in leaf.
Good Morning.
Anthony
 

Don Dunn

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Re: Training pot
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 02:48 AM »
I have not seen the pink plastic bonsai pots and I 'm just starting to learn about the colander method. I am also hoping to see it in leaf. I hope it makes it after the digging and transplanting. My Maples are already showing a little color and if this warm weather keeps up I will probably have some leaves on them in a couple of weeks. Maybe the pomagranet will start moving some sap as well.
 

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Re: Training pot
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 02:57 AM »
Don,

Hello. I imported those pots from I believe,Bonsai at the Monastery, you can also get them in a pleasant grey black, chuckle.

I really like looking at Punca g., but in the tropics, the nana or minima, don't do that well. Mind you the old Indian [ India] type does well in the ground, but not so in pots.
Not to fuss, looking is also enjoyable.
Thanks for responding.
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Anthony

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