'Merlin' the Japanese Elm - Teppatsu
This Limited Edition of Merlin the Japanese Elm Tree in our new Dosenbo Wood Fired Planter is a quiet beauty that exudes stillness. Its beauty lies in its tiny imperfections with its gritty textured particles and wood-fired finish. Ceramic Artist Shimizu Yoshiyuki created a stone-carved aesthetic with this planter collaboration.
I’m Merlin, the Japanese Elm or Zelkova, and native to Japan and Eastern China. I’m known for my fine-toothed leaves, graceful lines and attractive bark. I do best in full to partial sun conditions.
You can water me once every 7-10 days, or more it it’s really hot. To water, submerge my pot in water up to the rim for 20 minutes and let me drain thoroughly. Although I’m an outdoor plant, I can acclimate to indoor conditions with proper ventilation and light. Keep the window open or put me outside on nice days. In winter, keep me in a cool location far from heaters. If outdoors, protect me well from the winter winds.
The main aspect of Elm symbolism is strength, wisdom and will & intuition. Native American tribes used infusions from the inner root bark to treat colds, coughs, and fever.
About the Planter:
This spectacular Dosenbo planter is handmade from the earth up in Dosenbo, Japan just outside of the ancient capital of Nara.
The clay is hand harvested from the gritty earth of Dosenbo's mountains and wood-fired in an ancient type of tunnel kiln called Anagama for several days. The complex interaction of ash, salts, minerals in the clay and flame are what gives this wood-fired planter its unique characteristics. The result: a mysterious cornucopia of heavily textured minerals and particles of varying unpredictable darkness and lightness in color.
The Teppatsu shape of this planter is reminiscent of bowls Buddhists monks used to solicit food in ancient times.
Exclusively designed for Dandy Farmer and handmade by ceramic Artist Shimizu Yoshiyuki from the mountains of Dosenbo, Japan.
Pot Sizes (Diameter x Height x Opening Diameter)
(S) 4 3/4"D x 2 3/4"H x 4.5"O
(M) 5 1/4"D x 3 3/8"H x 4 7/8"O
Exact dimensions and pattern vary slightly due to hand-made process.