Itoigawa and Shimpaku shohin bonsai foliage

Building foliage pads

Do you pinch or cut? That is not without importance how you control the growth and timing is essential to build up healthy foliage pads.


The Japanese varieties of soft scale leaf Junipers are popular for Shohin bonsai. And not without reason. They build dense and compact foliage clouds if treated correctly. Pared with the often dramatic deadwood and brown colored trunks, the contrasts are set for great impact.
In this episode, we look into

  • cutting elongated foliage
  • why not to pinch
  • timing
  • creating back budding
  • light and air
  • aesthetics
  • and much more in this detailed 30 minutes video. We continue answering members Q&A at the end of the episode. Remember you have full access to all content in the library as long as your membership runs.

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