How to choose a bonsai pot no 10 - Adansonia digitata

Due to popular demand we have started this series to help Bonsai artists and our loyal customers in their choice of a bonsai container. There are many factors that need to be taken into account when selecting a bonsai pot and we will be diving into the way we select a container for our trees and customers trees.


Masculine or Feminine

The main consideration in choosing a pot is to work out if the tree is masculine or feminine. This is determined by multiple characteristics of each tree, for example the nebari, trunk line, bark texture, leaf density and much more.


A tree that has characteristics of strength, power, formality, harshness, roughness and struggle can be considered masculine


A tree that has characteristics of calm, delicacy, instability, informality and finesse can be considered feminine.


Note:

Please note that these are merely guidelines and form a basis on how to break down the elements of tree and pot to help in choosing a correct Bonsai container. Every artist and bonsai enthusiast will have their own opinions and artistic flair which will create a different composition of their own.


Adansonia digitata (Baobab)

Steven Dreyer

Current pot size: 370mm long x 270mm wide x 130mm high

Tree Size: 300mm high, 80mm trunk thickness




Tree characteristics

Lets start by listing some of the characteristics of this tree and how they fit into the masculine or feminine approach.

  1. Nebari - Masculine, Thick base with slight tapering. Shows power and stability