Container Choice For A Shohin Japanese Larch – Valavanis Bonsai Weblog

I’ve been coaching this Japanese larch, Larix kaempferi, from a two- yr naked root seedling for about six years. It has been skilled within the two-line cascade model in a small sq. white glazed container. This most well-liked entrance is proven right here however the again view of this bonsai is suitable and is perhaps utilized in a shohin bonsai composition if a special path is required for eve motion Usually, I don’t favor tall cascade containers, primarily as a result of I can’t work out how you can successfully show them…

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The unique container is Japanese and did service effectively for the coaching years. However now could be the time for an improve. I wish to put good timber in good containers. The container high quality was less than my style for a correct exhibition presentation.

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Container choice could be very private and essential for creating an aesthetically pleasing bonsai influence. There are a lot of components to contemplate when selecting the “proper” container together with:





Horticultural necessities to efficiently preserve the tree alive (each in winter and summer time) 

Objective (to promote or preserve the bonsai)

How the bonsai goes to be displayed

Season for show is essential. A deciduous species may look good in winter in a shallow container however not be large sufficient in summer time full leaf. I’ve a number of completely different containers of assorted colours for one bonsai and infrequently the colour is decided by the accent coloration of the container or for composing a field desk shohin bonsai display. 

Lastly think about the standard and respect the bonsai 

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This matter isn’t mentioned, as most hobbyists simply wish to preserve the tree alive within the “appropriate” dimension, form and coloration container. Nonetheless, think about the standard as effectively. I can use a cheap $20 container or a finer high quality $200 container. And, most likely 80% of the bonsai hobbyists couldn’t see the distinction and most don’t even care or think about it essential. 

Nonetheless, we try to lift the extent of bonsai and plenty of refined little-known components are essential, which novices, in addition to seasoned growers don’t notice or perceive. They don’t have the background, style or understanding to make such distinctions. They do choose and use containers and train. In fact, private style is essential. Many instances, I have to take into consideration the choice course of, typically placing a number of containers in entrance of the bonsai for a number of days or every week.

My apprentice, Brian Whitcomb wired the tree, and I made the ultimate changes. However he used a lot wire, which was essential, on the tree that it might not stand upright. Annealed copper wire IS heavy, so a particular appropriate container should be chosen. I searched my studio and located just a few containers, then two pals who’ve wonderful style went upstairs to my “particular secret stash” and introduced down a number of extra. Later, one other good friend got here downstairs with one other container. I’m not allowed to go upstairs alone… All collectively we had over 15 appropriate containers. Not all are proven right here. Please notice the small stone inserted to maintain the tree upright through the choice course of. My private ideas and tastes are included.

Container 2: American from Teresa Wood from Michigan. The dimensions and form are good, however the painted dragon is a bit too colourful for this slender leaf evergreen. I’d use it for a flowering or fruiting species. Nice high quality.

Container 5: Japanese container. Once more, the scale and form are acceptable, even when a bit too giant. And the intense blue glaze would distinction in early spring with the younger rising wants, However not the picture for this tree. I do, nonetheless use blue glazed containers for this deciduous conifer. Nice high quality.

Container 6: Japanese container of Tokoname-ware. I just like the design and clay coloration; nonetheless, the container is a bit too deep for me. Very high-quality high quality.

Container 7: Chinese language manufacturing container. Measurement, and form are good together with the rope belt design, however the yellow glaze isn’t the picture I’m attempting to current. Good high quality.

Container 8: Japanese manufacturing container from Tokoname. Not all bonsai containers from Tokoname are prime quality. Tokoname is well-known for sewer tiles and tea pots. I might reside with this container, however it’s not the standard I’m on the lookout for. Not prime quality and skinny.

Container 10: Japanese Tokoname ware from the Bigei Kiln. Each issue is ideal with this choice, besides the scale is just too giant. Very high-quality high quality.

Container 11: Japanese manufacturing container. Measurement and form are acceptable, however the coloration is just too brilliant, in addition to this container has a distinguished out lip which I favor for deciduous species. However please think about I’m fairly choosy and have developed particular refinement tastes throughout my over 60 years of bonsai research. Though I do typically use outer lip containers for evergreen species.

I have to point out that ALL these containers can be appropriate.

So, which one did I lastly use? A spherical, unglazed container my third good friend discovered. I even have pictures on the desk choices for a future time.

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