Years ago, my ume bonsai grew upright as an informal upright tree. After losing all but one of the branches several years ago, I decided to change the tree to a semi-cascade style. When it was ready to go back into a bonsai pot, I found I didn’t have any good options for it. The pot below was somewhat of a placeholder until I could find something better.
Ume, 10″ tall , 22″ wide – Japanese pot
After removing the tree from the pot and working on the roots, I lined up the available options and tried them out.
The container I was the most curious about was made by Jan Rentenaar. It may not be an obvious selection for a flowering tree, but it made a surprisingly good match. Were it a bit smaller, I might have gone with this option.
I next tried out a pot by Sara Rayner. The size, color, and texture provide good contrast to the tree, but the straight sides make me thing a sturdier tree would be a better match.
A glazed pot by Ashland ceramicist Denny Takeda was a little bit small, but I thought the color was a good match. If the sides had some curves to them, I might have selected it.
The pot below from the Ikko kiln is a bit too big.
Likewise the old Chinese pot. Were it a bit smaller I think it would be a good match.
Old Chinese pot
A second generation Yamaaki is a good size and style for the tree, but I’d prefer to go with a glazed pot if possible.
2nd generation Yamaaki, Koshosen
A second container by Jan Rentenaar prompted attempts from several angles. The side below shows a lot of color, but the tree doesn’t look particularly stable this way.
The other side of the container provided better visual stability, but it still felt too wide, especially if I filled the entire space within the container walls with soil.
Jan Rentenaar from the other side
I ended up going with the unglazed Koshosen as it’s a good size and style for the tree. I’ll keep looking for a glazed option, but will see how I like the unglazed clay body when the tree leafs out in spring.
In the meantime, I’ll see what I can do to improve the ramification on the slender low branch and encourage flower buds on the upper branches.
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