Size Matters & Small Is Beautiful

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog.

Robert Steven’s digitally enhanced version of a Trident maple by Carl Morrow (the photo Carl submitted is below) Continuing with the bonsai wisdom of Robert Steven, this was one of our earliest of his famous critiques (September, 2010). I’ve added the copy just below today, but Robert’s expert comments are exactly as wrote them eight years ago The right pot can have a transformative effect on a bonsai.  This includes the right size pot. A common mistake many of us make when we start, is over-potting trees. The mistaken view  that trees need massive amounts of soil to thrive and grow is common and it can take a while to develop the confidence to move a tree into a suitably sized pot. Not so say it’s impossible to under-pot a bonsai, but that rarely happens (sometimes  for show, trees are put into pots that may be a little small for long term health, but these trees are usually moved back a somewhat larger pot when the show is over). There’s more we could say about optimal pot size (for example the negative effect of over potting trees for health and visual effect), but we’ll leave that for another time NEW ROSHI TOOL SPECIAL OUR FAMOUS ROSHI BONSAI TOOLS 30% OFF LIST PRICEs for carbon steel tools 40% off list prices for stainless steel tools SEE BELOW – The original photo Robert’s comments “Despite the details, bonsai design is all about composition, and the pot is one of the most important composition elements. A well chosen pot can reflect and enhance the best…

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