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Shohin Bonsai School

Here you find a full overview of both Live stream and video archive.


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. 

Live Q&A Julky deals with wiring versus cutting to shape branches, and we dig into building up first, secondary and tertiary branches over time. Watering and feeding are covered, as the progression and dealing with larger wounds on trunks plus more. And the usual weather gossip and chat.

We look deep into the development of fine branching and new growth control on Yew, Taxus baccata. Focusing on both mature trees and trees in earlier stages plus fertilizing Yew.

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. 

Japanese maple varieties and strategies for different summer growth trimming.

Trident and Field maple summer growth trimming and strategy to gain strength and balance.


Live Q&A this time was about Akadama and other soil mixtures’ pros and cons. Zelkova development. Hard cut and new growth. Pine repotting in summer. Trunk thickening late in the season. Rescuing trees suffering and more…

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.

How to take care of the spring growth on Zelkova serrata. A tree overgrown with lush fresh spring growth is trimmed, and we look at the care of this iconic species for classic broom-style bonsai.

In this LIVE episode, we deal with thickening up trunks on different types of bonsai.

From coniferous to deciduous bonsai. How sacrifice branches are used to expand full trunks and certain areas of the tree.

Bonsai garden visit, chopping back for Shohin timing, which species and when, looking into why some trees this season leaves out late due to the hot season a year ago, and much more…

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.

Starting your own Mame bonsai is a very playful and fun thing to do.

In this episode I look at the starting materials to use, early and later stages of development, wiring, repotting and pruning. Plus how to keep the smallest of bonsai from drying out during the summer. And much more. Please enjoy.

Extra long edition. Soil types and water building up, and myths about drainage layers killed. Interesting propagating techniques from Mark Moreland show how new material is made from logs of wood.
Patina and pots, and how best to remove the wire from branches. And more…

Live stream creating a different cascade style shohin bonsai taking inspiration from rivers and water streams.

Usually, we prefer thick trunks to express age when creating bonsai. But thin trunks can be used for various styles of bonsai too. In this episode, we explore possible designs and create a future simple Yew on a pice of natural stone from Wales.

A short video without words showing the work of establishing a mixed forest style in an interesting yellow pot by Nick Hopes.

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. 

It’s spring and the repotting seasons have begun. Two shohin bonsai are repotted but with each their approach and future goals. 

We look into arranging roots, anchoring trees securely, pot styles and balance. And more..

it´s live recorded and we apologize for a one-minute dropout during the stream. 


February Live Q&A came around subjects like techniques special to the Sabina juniper, repotting and removal of old soil, Japanese black root rot, creating small bonsai in thumbnail pts and much more. As usual enjoyable and with good learning thanks to our great group.

Pyracantha, Firethorn late winter work. We look at styling options, and how to increase ramifications on two different types of Firethorn.

One is hardy and tolerates freezing well. The other isn’t tolerating freezing and needs extra care.

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.

Junipers can be worked on during the winter time when branches are flexible. We look into the timing of the jobs we can do, and how to balance health and design at the same time. A Shohin Juniperus Itoigawa and a former nursery J. chinensis in larger format are on the table. 

Styling a Japanese Black Pine in semi cascade style. 
Looking into aesthetics and pot choice plus energy balance. 

Finishing with a short Q&A.

The LIVE Q&A for January comes around a lot of interesting topics.

In depth topics: Double potting shohin and mame, coping with summer heat. Back budding and branch developing on Junipers. Fruiting trees and flower development. And much more…

The LIVE Q&A for December concentrated on two main topics. One subject was about how much trees cope with low temperatures and under which circumstances. 

Another topic zoomed in on two trunk styling options. based on a smaller container grown Yew.

December is the time to prepare for winter situations with freezing and dormancy. In this episode, we look into what can be done in the bonsai garden at this time, how to prepare for winter and a funny detail with branches changing colors.

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.

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