Bunjin/literati pot question

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Bunjin/literati pot question

Post  ChrisA on Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:25 pm

I understand that a bunjin tree looks ideal in a smaller pot, but how does one make the determination of what size pot to use. Has anyone ever thought of a tree to pot ratio for bunjin/literati?




This Eastern Larch is approximately 39" (1m) tall and has a roughly 16-19" (40-48cm) branch width from left to right. The current training pot in the photo has a 12" (30cm) diameter. I think the current diameter would work with a shallower pot. I am planning on putting this tree in a rustic nanban pot this spring, but I'm stuck on what diameter pot to use. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Bunjin/literati pot question

Post  Russell Coker on Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:23 pm

It would be good for you, in a "perfect world" kinda way, to have several pots to choose from of varying styles and sizes. Your tree has a large crown so you're going to need to find the right width and depth to give it stability. No real rule of thumb to go by, and that depth/width ratio is going to change from pot to pot, tree to tree. With bunjin, there really are a lot of options and they all lend a different "feeling" to the composition.

I like your nanban idea, will your tree's root system allow a wide, shallow-ish pot?

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Re: Bunjin/literati pot question

Post  ChrisA on Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:32 pm

The pot I'm thinking about is 13" 3" deep. The root system should be fine.

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Re: Bunjin/literati pot question

Post  Russell Coker on Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:29 pm

That sounds reasonable, any chance of seeing them together?

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Re: Bunjin/literati pot question

Post  ChrisA on Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:42 pm

Not yet, I'll post the combo when I repot.

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Re: Bunjin/literati pot question

Post  Klaudia & Martin on Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:14 am

Hello Chris

IMO your tree hasn't got the final stage of "design" it needs a few more years of developement.
I would prefer a much smaller crown (....but thats also personell)....so you will than need a smaller pot.

Kind regards
Martin

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