At this page you find all seasonal tutorials + recorded LIVE Q&A. Every month has several topics and videos.
You always find the newest video at the top of the page.
Wiring is one of the basics in bonsai, but creating bonsai without using wire is as important to master. Some trees may be developed without using a wire at any time.
In this tutorial, we look into mainly deciduous trees and how to use the scissors as the only tool.
Most trees need some basic wiring at the start and later they can be developed, refined and maintained without using wire.
Do you know the technique named Tanuki? It is a special technique merging a live plant with deadwood, adding character, drama and interesting forms into bonsai. The techniques are widely used for creative work in Japan and often demand some power tools and a bendable tree. Here we show you step-by-step an example of creating Tanuki bonsai with a Juniper and a piece of dead wood with interesting curves and movement.
The timing is essential when working on the deadwood on Junipers. We look at the live vein and how we bit by bit can create natural deadwood working in layers. How natural deadwood is created without the use of power tools over time and expanding the deadwood on a trunk without endangering the live vein and important sap flow to the branches.
Japanese Black Pine decandling and prep for styling. Timing and detail are everything when we deal with the Japanese Black Pine. And here comes a confession. Up til now, I haven’t supported the Japanese Black Pine for Shohin bonsai in Northern Europe, because the climate makes it really difficult to grow them healthy. This is changing due to climate changes; therefore, we now seem to be able to grow them successfully around here too.
This Live stream digs into Japanese black pines’ progression, timing and planning. Two-flush pines have some special techniques attached to them and we will deal with all that.
The Semi Cascade style is very attractive for bonsai styling and in the Live stream Thursday we look at creating, maintaining, and balancing this unique style.
Both flowering, deciduous, and of course evergreen trees are subjects for semi-cascade bonsai.
We also look at balancing the Shohin display using cascade and semi-cascade for the display.
Cotoneaster is a must-have for Shohin bonsai enthusiasts. Easy to grow and care for. tolerant of pruning. Beautiful flowers and small leaves.
Controlling growth when both flowers and extending growth is present at the same time is the main subject on top of other pruning and growing tips. We show Cotoneaster horizontalis, dammeri and microphylla in this live stream recorded.
The first branches and their movement is very important to control and address when we want to achieve a natural-looking deciduous bonsai.
In this episode I look at how the first branches are formed to add that naturalness in bonsai and the importance of doing this the very first or second season of growing the primary branches.
It’s important to know how to handle Japanese maple in early spring. Pinching new growth or not is essential for development and refinement. Therefore it matters how Japanese maples are handled just here in the early stages of the season.
I go through the different activities and how it influences on ramification and health of Acer palmatum in spring. Techniques that will help improve your Japanese maples.
Root structure and planning are important. as is the soil quality.
In this live stream, we repot a Lilac shohin and a 100-year-old Hawthorn with the aim of growing it as shohin bonsai. There are challenges with both soils and roots in both cases and we look at how they are solved and developed further.
it´s live recorded and we apologize for a one-minute sound dropout during the stream.
Creating Shohin bonsai from larger trees and bonsai can be a challenging but very rewarding experience. In this episode, we look at cutting strategies foreseeing where ew growth is likely to happen, how to cut and when. Also, time perspective and future planning are subjects touched on in this special techniques video.
The Deshojo maple is a must-have for fans of Japanese maples. It has some different design aspects as well as time challenges compared to ordinary Japanese maples.
It is mostly grown for its amazing purple-red leaves shining especially in spring and autumn/fall.
In this BONSAI ON episode, I focus on bringing a pre-bonsai forward and designed for Shohin bonsai. Correcting some errors from preciously growing stages.
We look into strategies and realistic time frames to achieve results with slow-growing species like the Deshojo maple.