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Unboxing Thor Holvila pots.

Ekstra video. View the unboxing of Thor Holvila pots. 

Thor Holvila makes bonsai pots with heart. Inspired by the ocean or the seasonal changes. You can visit him at his website and Facebook


24. Air layering Boxwood for future Shohin bonsai.

Air layering a piece of a tree is an advanced method to produce a new piece from a tree. In this example the focus is on selecting a piece of a bonsai to be air layered, and step-by-step showing how to do it.

At the end of the video 2  X Q&A is answered. Azalea with leaves withering and die off, and a question about maintenance of the needle foliage at Juniperus ´Nana´. 


23. Adjusting balance and removing flowers at Satsuki Azalea.

Controlling growth and balance the energy of Satsuki Azalea during summer.

Why flowers should be removed and how to do it. 

We also look into light and watering.


22. Raw material styling. Setting the bones of a bonsai.

It can be a great challenge to see through the mass of leaves and confusing branches, when styling a piece of raw material the first time.

In this 45 min. episode I carefully take you through the steps of

  • defoliation
  • semi-dormancy control
  • selecting the front
  • branch selection
  • setting the bones of a future bonsai
  • design aspects
  • wiring techniques
  • vision of the future shape

– and more.



21. Restyling Shohin Shimpaku juniper. 

Safety branches, wiring techniques and much more when restyling a Shimpaku bonsai. 

Bonsai, and especially Shohin bonsai, outgrowths their form after some time. Demanding that the bonsai artist take a second look, bringing the tree back in its previous form or adding a different design. 

Restyling a very small tree can be delicate work, and in this episode we go through the safety steps taken to ensure a healthy transformation.


20. Tosho junipers. Shohin Tosho juniper, or needle juniper, and the strategies of first seasonal pinching and pruning. The new growth is controlled by the right timing and strategy of the next growth. Learn how to trim needle junipers and shaping foliage pads. 

Fertilizer strategies – light – open spaces – aesthetics, and much more, is also part of this episode focusing on needle junipers.

Q&A members questions answered. Root problems and fruits shredded by the tree.


19. Q&A Special. This episode is dedicated members questions. How to place your maples so they get the ligth they need without leafs getting burned. Should you apply mosses or not during the growing seasons. The timing of arranging a bonsai forest with trident maples. And how to prune crabapples (or cherry trees), and silver birch.



18. Japanese maple partial defoliation. When leaves are changing from soft and tender to mature, its time to adjust and thin out. Partly defoliation is an important technique to control growth and balance. Learn how to defoliate and keep your Japanese maple balanced.


Seasonal Vlog 2018-19


Follow the seasons – February. We are half through winter. The importance of winter watering and exchanging gasses in the soil. Winter care and looking ahead towards spring.


Bonsai seasons. It is time to bring in trees for the winter, and to do some deciduous trimming. Deciduous trees are much easier to design when leafless. Branch structure can be viewed in detail when the naked truth is exposed. Therefore winter time is a great opportunity to work on these. In this episode an older Shohin  Chinese Cork Bark Elm is corrected, and weak spots are pointed out for future development.


Trophy 2019.

Shohin exhibition at the Trophy 2019, Genk, Belgium.




October and book announcement: Shohin – Through the Seasons. 


Bonsai Green days in Ogrody Poland. A view of the exhibition and one of the Shohin workshops.


Bonsai seasons. Autumn sets through with bright yellow and red coloured maple leaves. Morten Albek looks in to the caretaking of Shohin and preparing them for the dormant season. A Shohin Yew is pinched to develop new growth, and detailed explanations of controlling growth and energy is part of this November edition of the seasonal report from the bonsai garden.



Bonsai seasons. October shows the beginning signs of autumn where deciduous shifts from green to yellow, brown or red leaves.Removing the wire from a bonsai in training, should not be made in one go, but in steps. Finally I arrange a Kusamono planting with dry tolerant grasses and plants.



Bonsai seasons. Slowly the trees are preparing for the dormancy season. Correcting foliage at a Shimpaku Mame bonsai, and finishing with a bonsai social meeting. Enjoy the September edition of the vlog.


Bonsai seasons. Bonsai exhibition in The Japanese Gardens in Denmark, with Fuchi Bonsai. 



Bonsai seasons. In this episode: Summer trimming Japanese maples. Introducing what is probably the longest and slowest bonsai demo in the world. Starting from this episode.


Bonsai seasons. Next step in th journey of the Potentilla is taken. And setting up a summer display that should turn our minds into some cooler weather this hot summer.



Bonsai seasons. In this episode: New bonsai garden area established for a better viewing experience. Adjusting energy flow at deciduous, fertilizing and improving an old bonsai with one cut. And more… 


Bonsai seasons. Springtime in the bonsai garden. What to take care of after the winter, applying mosses, repotting and dividing accent plants, aftercare of bonsai styled earlier.



Bonsai seasons. Report from the Bonsai Namaste event in Pune, India.


Bonsai seasons. February 2018. Refining a Shohin bonsai Juniperus chinensis developed from raw nursery material, and winter pruning a midd-sized Crab Apple.


Bonsai seasons. Exhibition, contest, traders area and International Demonstrators at the China Jue December 2017.


Bonsai seasons. Late autumn preparations before winter.


Introductions and basics

NB: Some of the content in this section is also available as part of the Bonsai Empire Shohin course.

Shohin intro. Introduction to the basics of Shohin bonsai.

THEME. The basics of the Shohin display explained.

THEME. The purpose of accents for bonsai. 

Bonsai pots. Why a bonsai pot is a special type of container for the art of bonsai. Practical and aesthetics.

THEME. The basics of displaying bonsai.

Theme + Q&A 2018

NB: Some of the content in this section is also available as part of the Bonsai Empire Shohin course.


The joy of growing bonsai.

Juniper deadwood. Working with powertools and by hand. Creating deadwood a Juniper shohin bonsai.

Japanese maple. Structural pruning done late winter to achieve a better distribution of branches.

THEME. The difference between deciduous and coniferous bonsai design.

THEME. Hard pruning of deciduous bonsai and developing shohin bonsai from mature material

THEME. Styling a Juniperus chinensis from raw pre-bonsai material.

THEME. The meaning and importance of age.

THEME. Seasonal repotting part one.

THEME. Seasonal repotting part two.

THEME. First initial styling of a Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris.

Q&A. I have collected a tree. It has shown signs of weak growth. How do I take care of it during winter?


Q&A. What to do if you have forgot to water? How to try rescuing your tree.


Q&A. I have a nice Lonicera nitida shohin tree. Can you clarify how this should be leaf pruned? Some suggest clipping often and others suggest letting it grow before clipping as with most bonsai. 


Q&A. This time questions about Camelia as bonsai and buying bonsai in Kyoto is answered. Below some relevant links thrown in with additional informations.

Toji Market in Kyoto

Koju-en Shohin Bonsai nursery in Kyoto

Import of plants in Sweden

Import plants to the EU

Takamatsu bonsai


Q&A. Q&A Video – Frosts and pots that cracks in winter. What to do?


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