Bonsai pots for sale

Bonsai pots and drip trays, ceramic or plastic. Choose from the following categories:

We have been buying and importing bonsai bowls in large quantities from Asia for many years. Depending on the season, we have about 1000 different bonsai bowls in stock. Through direct import at good prices. We have the offer - they are spoilt for choice.

In order to facilitate the selection of the optimal bonsai bowl, we have arranged our bowls in groups. Choose your bonsai pot according to quality of type of production (casting clay or handmade), material (ceramic and plastic), shape (rectangular, oval, round) or purpose (eg. cultivation). Additional information on the selection of bonsai bowls can be found at the end of this page.

Selection of bonsai pots - Basic hints:

Simply speaking, a bonsai is a tree in a pot. This means that both the bonsai tree and the bonsai pot contribute significantly to the overall composition. A suitable bonsai pot upgrades the bonsai significantly, but without the right pot a bonsai will not be able to exploit its potential. An unsuitable bonsai pot can spoil the visual impression of a good bonsai.

Finding the right bonsai pot is not easy. Wrongly chosen is expensive, because the right pot has to be bought later. Buying the right bonsai pot the first time is not only satisfying, it also saves money. Many bonsai friends have already bought a number of bonsai pots, which were then not quite suitable.

In order to prevent mistakes when buying bonsai pots we have compiled a few basic rules here.

  • If possible, choose the bonsai pot in the bonsai centre of your choice on the spot and not online. Take the bonsai with you. At the bonsai dealer they can then place possible bowls directly in front of the tree. This is the best way to judge whether the size, colour, shape and structure of the bonsai pot matches the tree.
  • The problem with buying bonsai pots in a bonsai centre is: Only a few bonsai centres have a sufficiently large selection. Often the trader has only a small bonsai garden with a few bowls in the area. Our recommendation is: 1000 different bowls at least. And even then it is often difficult to find the optimal bonsai pot. And not buying right means buying twice.
  • The quality of bonsai and pot should match. Example: For a 30 Euro Fig tree bonsai with a large cut just bought in a garden market, a handmade bonsai pot from the master potter is slightly oversized for 180 Euro. For the great Wacholderbonsai from the last Japan import such a pot is worthwhile already rather.
  • The bonsai pot must fit the tree in terms of its external dimensions and visible shape. If the root ball is still too large for the correct pot, no larger pot should be selected. It is better to reduce the root ball in the next few years so that it fits into the optimal bonsai pot.

Bonsai pots - size

Bonsai have to be repotted every 3-5 years, depending on the tree species. Customers often ask us how much bigger a new pot has to be. Our answer usually amazes: If the bonsai hasn't grown significantly since the last potting, you don't need a bigger pot.

The size of the bonsai pot depends on the size of the bonsai - not on the size of the root ball. If the root ball is too large, it should and must be reduced in size. The size of the root ball is no problem if the roots are regularly re-potted.

Feet of bonsai pots

The main purpose of the feet of bonsai pots is to allow good drainage (the excess water can run out through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot). They also allow air to circulate. The shell can dry after watering and roots growing out of the drainage hole can dry out outside the shell.

But the feet of a bonsai pot also influence its appearance. Feet of bonsai pots can be fine, decorative, subtle to strong, robust, massive, even clunky.

The appearance of the bonsai pot feet should be considered and can also be used to influence the overall impression. Large, massive-looking pot feet convey stability, even strength, whereas the appearance of tender feet rather causes the opposite. It conveys lightness.

Afraid to cut back the roots?

With a healthy bonsai, a root cut is problem-free at the right time. And he's important. If this is not done, the bale will soon no longer fit into the correct shell and the proportion of fine roots will drop constantly. The bonsai's gonna get in trouble someday. He'll be sickly. In addition, the bonsai will look strange in ever larger bowls sometime. The proportions of tree and bowl should match.

When to repot and how many roots to remove ?

You can't give blanket advice here. The answer depends on the tree species, health condition, density of the bonsai soil etc. . Consult a Bonsai specialist dealer beforehand. The gardener in the neighbourhood is usually not the right advisor.