VLOG 11 and the making of a Kusamono

Vlog 11. 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. All included in the October edition of the Vlog at www.bonsai-video.com Duration: 29:38

Autumn mood

I simply love the autumn with all its colours and melancolic decay of leaves. Does it sound sad? Not at all. There is so much to enjoy, and still bonsai are showing their circle of life. Going towards dormancy just means that the trees takes a rest. Getting ready for next years growth.


The cooler air and freshness of autumn is wonderful. When it not storms and rain is changed in favour of sunshine. The season is not ending. It is just replaced with another period.

This is also a good time to arrange a Kusamono planting with drought tolerant specimens. Giving the plants time to settle before winter.

Slowest bonsai demo in the world?

The newest Vlog (just launched) may be the slowest and longest bonsai demo in the world.

Just started on a journey with a Potentilla fruticosa, and found it worthwhile to make a different approach to styling bonsai. Sharing the full process of every step made on a specific bonsai over time.

Often we see trees styled at conventions and in videos, and everything is a one-day work, and we never see the tree again. This demo will be different from anything else seen before. You will be able to watch a monthly update (with exception of a short dormancy break probably), watching every single styling change and technique done on this long termed project.

We will deal with all aspects of styling a deciduous tree following it through several seasons, – including failures and victories. Deciduous trees are almost newer styled at public demos. Simply because they demand long termed adjustments and cutting techniques a short time demonstration will not be able to show. Join the journey and follow from today.

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.


Loading spring bonsai tutorials

Spring is coming soon, and spring is loading at the Bonsai Video Studio soon with video tutorials. We do that with the next two themes. First one is focusing on bonsai pots. Thereafter a huge theme on bonsai repotting will be released.

Morten Albek goes through soil types, pruning roots, difference between shohin and larger trees and much more fully covering this subject. Sign up today for a subscription and be sure you get all the information you need to go safe through spring repotting your bonsai.

Spring is fun. Everything wakes up again after the winter dormancy, days gets longer and warmer days are ahead of us. It is for me the best time of the year. The time I enjoy the most. Watching every little step of the new growth, when trees unfold their new leaves until now hidden behind a protective layer in winter. Spring flowers and air heating up.

Before that I go to India to the Bonsai Namste event. Vlog from that big event will be posted right after for subscribers only. Like the theme about pots and spring repotting iis for subscribers solely.


Bonsai – bonsai – bonsai

Bonsai is a very big part of my life, and it seems like it can’t stop going in that direction. My website has changed from being a enthusiasts thoughts and experiences shared, to be a bonsai professional platform. Why is that so?’

I have done bonsai for many years and already a long time ago I began doing workshops and demonstrations. 10 years ago I published my successful book focusing on Shohin Bonsai (Shohin Bonsai, Majesty in miniature). It sold very good as do my activities as bonsai demonstrator nationally and abroad. With time this has evolved and the thought rumbled in my head to do some more. So I found the need to spread more information online.

Especially video content is sought after today.

I am a professional video journalist and the combination of this and what I want to teach about bonsai is a perfect combination. Therefore the website is developed to support this need. If you noticed the url changed slightly to www.bonsai-video.com to support this, but the www.shohin-europe.com stays. So whatever you use, it will stay pointing at this website.


Improve your skills – Improve your bonsai

My hope is to inspire and bring out all the knowledge gained by many years (20+ years, auch) of bonsai experience. The bonsai collection in my garden spans from tiny mame, over shohin and midd-sized bonsai up to larger trees. Every work you see will be done on the collection trees. Showing transformation of raw material to future bonsai. Working on established show ready trees, and all kind of techniques regarding styling and maintenance. And much more.

Sign up for a paid subscription and join the work in the garden throughout the seasons. Be with us from the start and get new video content twice a month. All the time new content is added available for paying subscribers, and with full access all the time you are a member. Watch when it suits you.


The Bonsai Video Studio is open

We managed to get it up a little before time, so there is a possible Christmas gift for yourself. First Monthly Theme is about wiring. First thing in the new year more content will be added to the wiring theme.

We hope you will help supporting the ongoing production of new learning videos by signing up for a subscription. Can’t make it without you.

There will be a lot of new content during the coming year, and it is the aim to make a concentrated learning experience and a pleasing to watch content. Watch whenever it suits you. You will have access to all content throughout your subscription period.

The library will grow continuously building a valuable catalog of tutorials and inspirational content over time.


Bonsai vlog no 1.

First bonsai vlog (video blogging) on air tonight on the YouTube channel. Still in the production and preparing period before starting up the Shohin Bonsai Europe Studio online in January, but work in the bonsai garden is not set on pause because of that.

Autumn is the time to begin cleaning up the bonsai garden, so pests will not be overwintering beneath mosses on the surface.

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