finding the right tree for the pot

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When we have a really nice tree in our collection, we want the perfect pot for it. And we may search for years until we find just the right pot. Much less often, we have a pot that we need to find the right tree for. Here’s one of those times.

Finding The Right Tree For The Pot

I don’t know about you, but I often have great trees looking for that perfect pot. It can sometimes take years to finally achieve the goal, after which you have the perfect match and a great composition. This is one of those cases where I had an awesome pot that had a place in my pot collection, tree or not, but I sure did want to find the perfect tree for it.


I just pulled this Lantana, that I acquired recently, to start working on it. As I studied the tree, it occurred to me that maybe I had just the pot to make a perfect composition. After cleaning off the old soil and pruning the roots in order to get a flat base, my idea paid off.

Here’s the new bonsai, all tucked in. I don’t think I could have made a better match.

The next to last step for today was to defoliate. This is always advisable with deciduous and broadleaf evergreens (excluding boxwood) that you pot up as summer approaches. Doing this takes the stress off the root system, and allows the tree time to get accustomed to its new home.

The pot is a unique Lary Howard piece, by the way.

What do you think? Did I do a good job of matching tree to pot?