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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: andy graham on March 29, 2011, 11:09 AM

Title: appropriate pot?
Post by: andy graham on March 29, 2011, 11:09 AM
What do you guys think? Is this a good pot choice for this tree ?
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: bwaynef on March 29, 2011, 11:44 AM
It really grabs my attention when I see the combination. 

What is it about that pot/tree combo that makes you think its a good fit?
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: andy graham on March 29, 2011, 11:58 AM
I don't know. While the tree has a thicker trunk and could be put into a deeper pot, it appears low and spreading so this shallow pot seems appropriate to me. The tree's canopy will eventually be wider than it is now. The blue coloring of the pot "feels" cool. The combination gives me the feeling of sitting in the shade...maybe next to a small pond with a cool breeze blowing across it.



Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: bwaynef on March 29, 2011, 12:02 PM
Hopefully someone more versed in these things will step in.

I'm not bothered by the depth of the pot, and the width didn't bother me until I realized how small the rootball actually is (meaning it came out of a much smaller pot ??).  Its the bright blue that really stands out.  Maybe in person that's not the case.  Have any of a similar size in a different color?  Creme/yellow is the first idea that comes to mind.
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Mike Pollock on March 29, 2011, 12:34 PM
Even with a wider canopy, I think this pot is too large.  The first virtual is with the same pot, just a smaller width. The second photo has the pot adjusted to be shallower.

In this case, I think the depth is more important to the image than the width. The pot could be wider (with a wider canopy) as long as the pot stays shallow.

I like the color. Blue works well with tropicals like ficus. Perhaps a little less vibrant, but now we're being really critical.
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Mike Pollock on March 29, 2011, 12:42 PM
Here they are side by side. The original and the narrower, shallower pot.

Can you heat the pot up and adjust it?   ;)
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Jay on March 29, 2011, 01:16 PM
Well for my 2 cents, I like the second shallower,  shorter pot better. To my eyes it looks like the tree is 'happier' in it.
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Treebeard55 on March 29, 2011, 07:25 PM
Since you ask ... First, of all, nice tree with a good image!

I agree that a shallow pot will work well, to show off the nebari. The present pot does look a tad big, but you might just choose to wait a couple of years, since Ficus microcarpa are such rampant growers!

I have to agree with Wayne that, at least in the picture, the pot color is so strong it pushes the tree into the background. Blue works well with many Ficus, since they have a touch of blue in their foliage. I think a blue that was little less exuberant would still match the tree well but not grab center stage.
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Larry Gockley on March 30, 2011, 01:01 PM
Hi Andy. I like Mikes smaller pot too, but not sure that reduced root mass would support the foilage in that South Texas heat. You could make that call. Also agree with treebeard about the color being a bit vibrant. My eye keeps shifting away from the tree, to the pot. Larry
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Treeman on April 25, 2011, 11:59 PM
I like the pot size & shape but IMHO personally prefer to put a tiger bark ficus in a light green or blue green pot. I think the blue detracts somewhat from what is a really pretty tree. 8)
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: andy graham on July 24, 2011, 07:58 AM
I worked on this one some yesterday. It's been in this brown oval for a couple of years, but I'm still considering a wider pot as I let the canopy widen.

Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Chrisl on July 24, 2011, 09:12 AM
I like this brown pot over the blue too.  The blue is distracting.  Beautiful ficus you got there Andy!
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: Larry Gockley on July 24, 2011, 11:53 AM
I really like this one Andy. I like the trunk movement, branch structure, I even like the pot. I don't remember seeing this one when I was visiting. How long will it take to grow new leaves, two weeks, or maybe three? Great job, as usual. It almost doesn't look like the same tree in the blue pot. Larry
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: BozenBonsai on May 22, 2016, 10:09 AM
Here they are side by side. The original and the narrower, shallower pot.

Can you heat the pot up and adjust it?   ;)
I like the smaller of the two,....when I first saw the pic smaller pot was my first thought,....I like the color and the depth. Nice tree!
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: SHIMA1 on May 27, 2016, 03:16 AM
If it were mine I'd go with the wider pot and let the tree grow into it. And I agree with Wayne about color. Either way it's a fine bonsai.
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: M. Frary on May 27, 2016, 06:26 AM
  I like the round mustard one best.
Title: Re: appropriate pot?
Post by: SHIMA1 on May 28, 2016, 01:19 AM
I lean more towards mayo. Also, about getting through the hot summers with a shallow pot. You could pile anything insulating on the surface like thick sphagnum or whatever.