Training Pots - Plastic

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These really durable pots are great for starting the training process. Giving the feel and look of a Bonsai pot, but with the durability and price of hard plastic. 

Large Training Pot

12" x 8" x 4" (L x W x H)

The large pot is great for continuing to grow the root system and thickening the trunk a little faster. Please allow 3-4 weeks after receiving the plant to acclimate to its new environment. The great bonus with these pots is that they have many holes for your wiring needs and great drainage with netting already in place. 

Medium Training Pot

9" x 6" x 3" (L x W x H)

The medium pot is great for our Young Bonsai Collection. Please allow 3-4 weeks after receiving the plant to acclimate to its new environment. After which planting in this pot will probably require a little root pruning. The great bonus with these pots is that they have many holes for your wiring needs and great drainage with netting already in place. 

Small Training Pot

5" x 5" x 4" (L x W x H)

The small pot is the perfect size to start your training early with our Baby Bonsai. The pot comes with great drainage, with netting already inside. Multiple holes for your Bonsai Wire to secure the root of the baby tree and make sure it stays in place when beginning your training process.

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 

 

Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost

 

Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock

 

If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 

 

Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 

 

Fertilizer

One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.

  

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Megan Fleming (Kanata, CA)
Training pots are useful

I find the bonsai grow better in a medium-large plastic pot with holes in the bottom to avoiding drowning! Or even in the ground to help the trunks get bigger but I’ve started repotting since it’s already September!

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