Bonsai is a Japanese art form of growing miniaturized versions of trees or plants in pots. Depending on the type of tree or plant, bonsais are sold at a price ranging anywhere from $10 to $300. Despite being expensive and high-maintenance, a lot of enthusiasts still go into the hobby of growing bonsai plants. A great addition to homes and gardens, many of these enthusiasts consider their bonsai plants as their most prized collection.
Bonsai pots play a role in the success of growing bonsai plants. Unlike the usual plant pots that you see in home gardens, bonsai pots need to be shallow so as not to let the roots of the bonsai plant grow longer than the plant’s branches. Congesting the roots of the bonsai plant is key in preventing the plan from growing big.
If you want to get into the hobby of growing bonsai plants, here is how you can make your own bonsai pots instead of buying them to save a few extra dollars.
- Have your materials ready. If you have experience in making clay pots and you own a kiln, good for you! All you need now is to prepare the clay that your will use to make your clay bonsai pot and you can start making it. If you have no previous experience in pottery making, do not be discouraged. You can still make your own bonsai pots out of wood. For this you will need a few pieces of wood cut to the dimensions of the bonsai pot you are making, a hammer and some nails, and a small can of wood paint.
- Make a pot. Build your wooden bonsai pot by nailing the wood pieces together. Paint your bonsai pot to protect the wood from rotting. Now, if you are wondering how to make a hole on your wooden bonsai pot, do not be bothered. The trick for this is to place a durable plastic material on the bottom of your wooden bonsai pot or use an old plastic food container that is smaller than the wooden pot (shallow microwavable plastic containers are perfect for this). Punch some holes on the plastic container and plant your bonsai there. You can just remove the plastic container from the wooden pot when watering your bonsai plant. Great, isn’t it?
- A great substitute. All right--say for example you have no experience in pottery making and you aren’t confident with your skills in using a hammer. Do not fret. There is still hope for you. You can still make your own bonsai pots out of shallow plastic containers that can be found stored away in your kitchen cabinets! If you are lucky, you may even find an old, shallow ceramic baking dish that can be perfect for your bonsai project. You can decorate your plastic pot by using some different colored plastic beads and other art materials. Not only are you able to express your creativity and originality, you are also able to help save the environment by reusing old materials instead of throwing them away.
Once you have your pots ready, you are set to get started on growing your bonsai plants. Good luck!