Spring bonsai and Bonsai Namaste

There is so much to look forward to this spring. Not at least spring it self and bonsai starting to grow. Spring is my favourite time and repotting bonsai is part of that joy. Always exciting to see how roots have behaved under the soil the past seasons. I have just published the first of two video episodes concentration on Shohin bonsai repotting. Going in-depth with soil structure and its influence on the branch development, root pruning and much more important knowledge to be shared.

From the video Repotting Shohin Bonsai part one.

It is great to see that what was planned earlier seems to work. Hidden in the soil behind potted walls. No doubt that weather conditions have been tricky the past year, with an overwhelming amount of water from above. Challenging the soil and making me adjust this for the season to come. Watch the first episode here. (Remember you get a free month trial period when you sign up for a new subscription). Hope you will join.

In the Q&A section (for members) I have recently video-answered a question about Pear rust on Junipers. Maybe worth a watch too if you have missed it. Pear rust is a problem with Junipers, and there are very few ways to deal with it.

Bonsai Namaste

I will skip some of the late February chilliness leaving on a jet plane to India and Bonsai Namaste early next week. Just updated the photo archive from the last trip, to warm up for a great event. Did you know that bonsai started in India – before China and Japan?


Early known as VAMAN VRIKSHA KALA, this art was used to create and carry miniature trees around which could be used for medicinal purposes. This greatly facilitated Ayurvedic practitioners to administer medicines sourced from nature and transport these trees to far off areas Bonsai Namaste writes at their website and Facebook page.
Eventually, Buddhist monks carried these miniature trees and the knowledge of cultivating them to various countries during their travels and the art spread in other regions. This is how VAMAN VRIKSHA KALA reached countries like Japan, China, Indonesia etc. Today, it is known world-over by its Japanese name ‘Bonsai’.
Skipping the cold a bit and exchanging it with heat at the origin of bonsai, meeting beautiful bonsai and great people. Can’t be a better start of spring 2018. Full Vlog report, photos and more when I return. Also the second part of the Shohin bonsai repotting will be online as soon as i am back.


Bonsai VLOG 2 with Kunio Kobayashi and China Jue 2017

A new bonsai year has started. 2018 looks promising and one of the first things done was publishing the recent Vlog 2 from the China Jue 2017 in December. View it here if you have a subscription. Sign up for subscriptions and get new videos every month teaching bonsai. Improve your skills – improve your bonsai.

Starring Kunio Kobayashi as one of the International demonstrators. I will meet Kobayashi again in late February when Bonsai Namaste takes place in Pune, India. I will do a demonstration there and workshops. I will try catch as much as possible on video, when time allows.

New trees are collected during autumn and winter, so promising material will be at hand when we continue filming during the year. The collected material will not be worked on before it is well established during two-three years. Up til then there will be good advice on how to handle collected material so it survive and how to prepare for styling later on. Luckily there are other trees ready for styling this season to come.

Potentilla collected in January.

Spring may seem far away in Europe and the US, while it is quite different down under. The world gets smaller with the Internet as a connecting factor. We all get closer and can enjoy the spirit and beauty of bonsai all over the world.

Chinese juniper, Shohin bonsai.

The Bonsai Video Studio

Just before Christmas the new Bonsai Video Studio was launched. I have prepared this for some time, and now the time seems right for me launching this exciting project.

Video is a great teaching tool, reaching out to many people. What sometimes takes a lot of time writing, is more easy to explain on video. Video also have the benefit of showing things in detail and close up, giving a more precise description of the work done.

The aim is to bring on as much information as possible, and at the same time inspire through aesthetically filmed videos. We believe that videos are better than live transmissions, because it adds the peace and time to review whenever it suits you. Again and again.

The videos we produce are in three different categories. The monthly theme goes in detail with a subject. The Vlog is a monthly report following the seasons and taking up bit and pieces of interest. Finally the tutorials are aimed on specific techniques bringing on exact knowledge to you. An extra option is the Q&A where you can ask your questions, and we respond on video when interesting questions are gathered.

Please join by signing up for a subscription and get inspiration for your own bonsai work throughout the year.


Merry Christmas

2016 is running out slowly, and we are going to enjoy Christmas time here. Weather is bonsai friendly, so i still enjoy bringing a bonsai to the outdoor Tokonoma build this summer. One of the things that happened in 2016 was moving to our new place at the countryside, now living among large trees with …

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