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It seems deep pots are out of favor nowadays. I was looking at some old Japanese paintings, and deep, round, decorated pots were pretty common back a couple hundred years or so. I bring this up because I found a nice round pot about 8" in diameter and 8" high with blue Japanese scenery. It was $2 at a thrift store, so I bought it and drilled a drain hole in it. I have a pomegranate waiting to go into it this spring. I like deeper pots both for the looks and for a moisture buffer for our hot climate with long summers. I'm also experimenting with deeper concrete pots as they are a bit easier to make than rectangular ones. Oh, and did I mention it cost 2 dollars?! :D


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Very nice. I love antique Chinese crockery. For bonsai, however (and I am trying to not be dogmatic here), I usually find that a deep pot overwhelms the tree. Unless it is a very large-trunked specimen then most often it ends up looking like a patio plant to me. Not to say yours will not turn out to be an excellent pairing, just my commentary on the idea in general.
 
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The shallow pot is a pretty cool stunt tho. Clearly one does not "do bonsai" unless they have a touch of the masochist in them. I mean, if you are going to use deep pots, what is to stop you from just having a tree planted in the ground with a healthy tap root? CHAOS WOULD REIGN!
 
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(Also yeah I bought a couple ornate chinese tea bowls that look cool but seem to have "poor proportions")
 

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The defense would like to enter exhibits #1 and #2 into evidence, your Honor. ;)

Walter Pall alluded to the fact that people get used to a certain style and that becomes the norm and other, older styles become less appealing. Bottom line: You should practice bonsai the way you enjoy. I have absolutely no interest in the newest automobile technology.........lane assist, cross traffic warning, blind spot monitoring, etc. Not bad, just not my thing. I would love to buy a car with roll up windows, manual locks and a CD player so I can tool along listening to Eric Clapton and The Allman Bros. I know.....I'm a dinosaur, but T. Rex was a pretty gnarly dude!


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