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                Fuku-Bonsai produces premium high-success TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™ workshops for isolated individuals and for groups.  Our packages are used by bonsai clubs for beginner workshops and quantity discounts are available! The most concise information in the TRUE INDOOR BONSAI HANDBOOK explains the basic principles!  It also includes TRUE INDOOR BONSAI SOIL that is an extremely fast-draining aggregate-based media that incorporates a lot of air to assure healthy roots!  We assist individuals in formulating soil media if they intend to utilize large quantities and have a suitable aggregate available. 

                    The heart of each workshop package is a professionally pre-trained prepared bonsai stock plant!  The tree provided as part of the Introductory Workshop Package is in a 2" nursery pot already 3-5 years in training with a stout base, strong established low branches, and already with a shallow compact root system from having been root-pruned a minimum of 2-3 times!  A bonsai truism is that your results at the end of the workshop is directly related to the quality of the tree at the start of the workshop!  Although Fuku-Bonsai can complete potting and sell potted bonsai, we offer complete highest quality pre-trained workshop components to introduce TRUE INDOOR BONSAI to anyone interested.  After many years,  we believe that much of our success is based upon a difficult to obtain low-nitrogen / high phosphorus ultra slow-release Nutrient Granules and we include a sampler packet in each workshop package and have obtained permission to make it available for purchase in small quantities by our customers. 

                    We invite you to compare our Introductory Workshop Package with anything available on the Internet.  You'll find we produce the highest quality products and complete packages with email and website support.  Most adults will be able to complete the workshop with just the instruction sheet.  But email us if you have questions.  With adult coaching, 10-year old youths have no problems at workshops at Fuku-Bonsai where often an entire family learn together!  The youngest person so far was 5-years old!  Fuku-Bonsai is the international pioneer and leader of popular bonsai that can be grown anywhere by anyone who can grow houseplants!  These workshop packages are great for gifts for anyone interested in bonsai.

 

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SUCCESSFUL BONSAI TRAINING! 
          The elements for success are simple and logical!
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GETTING STARTED! 
          Fuku-Bonsai's theory and strategy for success!
*** WORKSHOP I:
        INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE!!!
          (IWP-8)  This is the "Bonsai Educational Holy Grail!"  The premium complete 10-component "bonsai kit" with detail information, three pre-screened grades of bonsai potting media, separator-enhancer, tie-downs, accent rock, and a supply of hard-to-get low nitrogen/high phosphorus ultra slow release Nutrient Granules.  Features professionally pre-trained prepared bonsai stock 3-5 years in training. This kit is ideal for creating your first bonsai!
THREE GENERATION WORKSHOP! 
           In the past year or so we've focused upon continual improvements to the Introductory Workshop Package (IWP-8).  Here's a workshop in which we learned as much as we taught!
RON & INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE.  
         A step-by-step photo-story by Ron Davis of Montana putting together IWP-8.
KATHY & INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE.  
        A second step-by-step photo-story by Kathy Almeida of California putting together IWP-8 and first two "students!"
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP REVISITED
          I had a chance to give Introductory Workshops to the Wabe family and it gave me a chance to evaluate how it had evolved and been improved since it was first introduced! (March 2012)

 

MATTHEW'S FUKU-BONSAI WORKSHOP
          The Manteuffels of Idaho learned about Fuku-Bonsai from the "HAWAII; OFF THE BEATEN PATH" visitor guidebook and this is what they experienced. (March 2012)
*** INTRODUCING BONSAI WORKSHOP II!
      Our Bonsai Workshop I (Introductory Workshop Package) has been an outstanding success and increasingly being sent for beginner bonsai classes. They are ideal for beginners and economical when purchasing under quantity discounts. Our newest workshop package is also a high-success, high-value package that is becoming popular with visitors to the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center! We are delighted to see beginners starting with more advanced material. There's a bonsai truism that the result at the end of the workshop is largely determined by the materials at the start of the workshop.
BONSAI WORKSHOP II - SUMO!
      With a standard Fuku-Bonsai #8 size Conversion Kit, transfer a 4LL8-Sumo into a larger 8D2 pot to enlarge the root system and create a larger bonsai.
BONSAI WORKSHOP II - ROOTS!
      With a standard Fuku-Bonsai #8 size Conversion Kit, transfer a 4LL8-Roots into a larger 8D2 pot to enlarge the root system and create a larger bonsai
BONSAI WORKSHOP II - HAWAIIAN DRAGONS!
      This photo sequence shows a non-standard option that utilizes the shallower 9"x1" deep saucer-pot with pre-drilled custom drainage holes with the other items in the #8 conversion kit including the various potting media, plastic separator, Nutrient Granules, and cultural sheet.  It also includes a plastic pot collar to help initially firm the potting media. If you want to advance into the more difficult 1:10 Project challenge, please first contact David Fukumoto at david.f@fukubonsai.com to join the Fuku-Bonsai Study Group to get personal assistance.  The following pages are reports from Ron Davis who was the first to attempt the shallow saucer-pot challenge.

RON'S 1:10 PROJECT
       Ron Davis of Montana has visited several times and was introduced to our then new Fuku-Bonsai 1:10 Project on his most recent visit.  I encouraged him to join us in researching the concepts and culture of houseplant bonsai in shallow saucer-pots ten times wider that deep.  This would greatly upgrade the standards of houseplant bonsai.  He took me up on the challenge to create eight unique bonsai and got a special deal that included media, shallow saucer-pots, and eight choice 2" prepared bonsai stock!  Here are the first five reports: 
Introduction and Report #1-Sumo
        Report #2 - Roots
Report #3 - Planting between rocks
        Report #4 - Dragons
Report #5 - Rock pile planting
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WORKSHOPS AT FUKU-BONSAI!
         We enjoy sharing our knowledge with visitors from all over the world! Many tell us it's the highlight of their Hawaiian vacation and many are repeat customers who keep in contact and help us grow by word of mouth. The workshop materials are the same as our mail-order prices when we ship the finished item. The personalized instruction is free.
KEAAU BOYS & GIRLS CLUB VISIT FUKU-BONSAI!
        On June 17, 2010, 25 participants including 5 to 10 year olds, teenagers, and adult staff arrived for a bonsai introduction and workshop!  (Reprinted by author reproduction rights from the Fall 2010 issue of the American Bonsai Society Journal)
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THE SECRET OF FUKU-BONSAI'S HIGH SUCCESS!
        Start with great starter stock, learn to create the optimum growing environment, nurture your tree and share it with others! It's that simple!
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ANGELA TILLMAN'S TRIAL WORKSHOP (June 21, 2001)
        Angela was the first with the idea of teaching bonsai as part of an 8th grade Art course curriculum.  This is a photo story of her first trial and her ability to photograph, report, and to obtain funding and approvals led to our first effort!
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THE BONSAI CLASSES  (Introduction; January 5, 2002)
      Chapter 1:   Getting Started!
      Chapter 2:   Developing the Form!
      Chapter 3:   The Vision of the Future!
      Chapter 4:   HAIKU; Capturing the Moment!
      Chapter 5:   Peace, Friendship & Bonsai!
      Chapter 6:    Continuing the Bonsai Journey!  (Conclusion)
          Angela's course was a huge success! I taught both of us a lot and the lessons learned were incorporated into the 2nd Edition TRUE INDOOR BONSAI BEGINNER HANDBOOK!
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SECOND BONSAI CLASSES (Introduction 2003)
       PART I:   Additional new goals & photo report
       PART II:  The classes and summary
       PART III:  High-lights and Haiku!
           The second course set new goals and incorporated the new Living Lovables with greater challenges and a wider range of results!
INTRODUCTION TO DR. BARRY GRAYSON'S WORKSHOP 
          Barry had visited us in our early days when we were starting the export nursery and over the years, obtained several of our plants. He's studied bonsai under some fine people and when he was asked to present a bonsai workshop for his garden club,  he selected our workshop materials.  Barry ordered a number of other plants and took great photos that tell the story of how we packed and shipped them.  
DR. GRAYSON'S ROOT-OVER-ROCK WORKSHOP REPORT
          Not content to do a standard workshop for his friends, he took it to another level by using Living Lovables Roots and created a "root-over-rock" workshop! It's an impressive story! 

 

SCOTTSDALE (ARIZONA) BONSAI SOCIETY WORKSHOP
          This is a report of their third workshop that had 16 participants. Includes some comments and information about care in warmer climates.
JEREMY ERB'S ADVANCED WORKSHOP
          This is a wonderful story of great progress and future in just a short few months! It began with an Introductory Workshop Package prior to coming to Fuku-Bonsai a few months later to take our most advanced workshop!
     IMPROVING THE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE? (PRUNING AND ROOTING CUTTINGS) 
       IWP8 is gaining a reputation as the easiest and most successful way to learn (or teach) bonsai and we continue to try to improve it!  Here's one idea and we request feedback and additional recommendations!

MORE INFORMATION

 

3rd edition TRUE INDOOR BONSAI
WORKSHOP HANDBOOK; 
How to grow and train our houseplant bonsai!
Item #TIB-III:  $7.50 ( plus $1 first class postal mailing if purchased separately)
         24 pages; 8.5"x5.5" black and white with color cover; includes a total of 80 photos and sketches.  This is a very concisely written handbook of the principles of True Indoor Bonsai that distills much of the extensive Fuku-Bonsai website to provide an easy to understand overview of this new field of bonsai! Except for the Introductory Workshop Package,  a copy of this handbook is included in each of our beginner, intermediate, or advanced workshop packages. Ideal resource handbook for those seeking a high-success lifelong hobby or wanting to teach  bonsai using workshop materials available for shipping to all parts of the United States from Fuku-Bonsai.
   QUANTITY DISCOUNT (12 or more; 40% off;  $4.50 each including shipping)

 

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            FUKU-BONSAI WORKSHOP PACKAGES are available in larger quantities by prior reservation for introductory bonsai programs for garden clubs, youth groups, or other organized group activity.  For quantity discounts, quotations, or reservations,  please contact:
 
            David Fukumoto, founder and president, Fuku-Bonsai Inc.
            PO Box 6000 (Olaa Road), Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
            Phone (808) 982-9880;   FAX (808) 982-9883
            E-mail:  sales@fukubonsai.com        URL:  www.fukubonsai.com