'Hal' the Banyan Tree - Teppatsu
This Limited Edition of Hal 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 Hal the Banyan Tree, a Ficus Microcarpa and native to Southeast Asia. I'm considered the beginner's bonsai for my relatively easy care and can tolerate a wide range of indoor conditions.
I have a main trunk that divides into many branches that support a dense canopy. With enough humidity, I’ll sport aerial roots that hang from my branches. I’m comfortable grown as a houseplant, but also like nice days spent outdoors.
Keep me in temperatures between 55-80 ̊F. I like bright indirect light, and get watered about once a week, or when my pot feels about 1/2 lighter. To water, submerge my pot in water up to the base of my trunk for 10 minutes and set me on a plate.
Symbolism: I'm highly regarded in Southeast Asia where you'll find me near temples and sacred places because of my strong spiritual significance. I'm also considered sacred by Buddhists. After attaining enlightenment, Buddha was believed to have sat under a Banyan tree for seven days, absorbed in his new-found realization.
The banyan tree is a symbol of longevity and immortality because I don't allow anything to distract my growth. I will continue life around anything in my path as I have the ability to survive and grow for centuries in the natural world.
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.