2013 MAHALO YEAR-END SALE!
10% OFF ON ALL ITEMS ON TOTAL ORDER!
 
 
 
MICHAEL S. IMAINO
President
 
EDISON YADAO
Vice-President
 
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation MPBF@fukubonsai.com
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Journal Editor
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
President, Fuku-Bonsai Inc.
(Kurtistown, Hawaii)

 

Journal Contributing Editors
JERRY MEISLIK
Author, bonsai instructor       
and Ficus (Fig) authority
(Whitefish, Montana)
RYAN CHANG
Leader of Study Groups
(Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii)
ryan_a_chang@msn.com
 
JOHN BORYCZKO
"In & Out" specialist
(Farmington Hills, Michigan)

 

 
 
 
Journal Contributing Writers
 
RON DAVIS
(Bozeman, Montana)
 
RUSS MANN
(Polson, Montana)
 
TRAVIS FARGHER
(Long Beach, California)
ROB ANDERSEN
(Pleasant View, Utah)
 
BURTON FLAKE
(Virginia / Bahrain)
 
JOSHUA ROWSON
(Brooklyn, New York)
 
PAUL BAKERMAN
(Phoenix, Arizona)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloha and Welcome to the ELEVENTH issue as we build a national
and international Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai Community!
ISSUE #11. NOVEMBER 2013
 
               WOW!  We've published for almost a year, made remarkable progress, and I thank everyone!  The Journal of Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai is to benefit our customers and readers to increase the success rate of Fuku-Bonsai's True Indoor Bonsai,  to provide information for those who want to learn more, and to become a national vertically integrated True Indoor Bonsai source to provide resource information (via the Fuku-Bonsai website, the Journal, and future publications),  to supply the specific plants that are written about,  and to provide one-on-one assistance to those who purchased our plants or workshop packages. 
 
             "Bonsai" is a vast complex subject, there are many forms and an almost endless number of different plants grown indoors and outdoor in an equally endless range of climates in many different ways.  While most think of "traditional Japanese temperate climate outdoor bonsai," very few can be successful grow them well.  We in Hawaii are generally not successful with traditional Japanese temperate climate outdoor bonsai due to our tropical climate.  The few that will grow in Hawaii (such as Japanese Black Pine) are very difficult and need to be grown in full sun with exacting discipline and special techniques.
 
             Fuku-Bonsai specializes in Dwarf Schefflera and our True Indoor Bonsai has become the most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants!  The great bulk of the readers of the Journal of Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai are either Fuku-Bonsai customers who purchased them, or recipients who received them.  So we try to include information in each issue of how to grow them successfully,  how to trim to keep them attractive, and to provide information so you'll increase your enjoyment as we all learn more.
 
             For those who are getting more interested in training them, we've created Conversion Kits and several workshop packages at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  Many of the articles in the Journal show step-by-step study group member reports of such workshops.  It is very satisfying to see success as most of them do not have near-by help.  It is especially satisfying these these successful isolated individuals are starting to teach others.  I commend them and pledge to assist and all others who want to learn and teach others!
 
             More and more,  those who grow outdoor bonsai are trying True Indoor Bonsai and finding success when night temperatures are above 55F.  Some will even take their trees out during the day when temperature rise above 55F and it's wonderful that people love their trees enough to do so. They report better growth and with success,  they want to take on greater challenges. I recommend their next step being Ficus or plants of the Fig family that also develop into Banyan Bonsai.  Like Dwarf Schefflera, these are amongst the strongest of all tropical plants, but they need stronger supplemental light during cooler seasons in cooler climates. 
 
             Although I once did a significant amount of ficus research and publication, Jerry Meislik is the current authority and I appreciate him being the first contributing editor.  Jerry grows his impressive collection year-around indoors under metal halide lamps and for those interested in ficus, I urge you to visit his website and to contact him directly regarding ficus.
 
            In 1962, I began True Indoor Bonsai in a newly-wed apartment and when we purchased a home in Kaneohe, the yard quickly filled with bonsai of all types and varieties. Many of these are in the current Fuku-Bonsai collection but not for sale. Most people want to grow bonsai indoors and do not have the discipline to learn the skills needed for tropical outdoor bonsai.  So we specialize in True Indoor Bonsai. 
 
           Almost one year ago, we were contacted by Ryan Chang of Waipahu, Hawaii who has made remarkable progress and is the Journal's second contributing editor. Along with Jerry,  Ryan has contributed an article in every issue.  I think he's learned the most as can be seen in his latest article in this current issue.  Ryan mans an IT night help desk and upon awakening, is doing bonsai with a vengeance until time to go to work again. I'm teaching him tropical outdoor accelerated growth techniques and this month, he is starting to move some trees indoors to be able to gain more experience to be able to help in both indoor and outdoor growing situations.
 
         Our third Journal contributing editor John "Jay" Boryczko of Farmington Hills, Michigan has grown outdoor bonsai for a number of years and even took a workshop from Jerry Meislik years ago.  That's Jerry's old turf before he and Rhona moved to Montana. We call him our "In & Out Specialist" as he grows bonsai indoors and out and will be running trials.  If you grow traditional outdoor bonsai and Dwarf Schefflera both indoors and outdoors when night temperatures are above 55F, let's put you in contact with Jay as he assembles his "kitchen cabinet" from all parts of the country to help document ways to increase the growth rate of Dwarf Schefflera! I think Jay will also be able to assist Journal readers in the future.  
 
        Ron Davis of Bozeman, Montana has visited us the most and probably has the best True Indoor Bonsai growth with a nice collection.  He formed the Bozeman Bonsai Society and with his hectic practice, is not able to commit to being a contributing editor.  But he's our senior contributing writer and we are pleased that others are submitting articles.  We welcome Joshua Rowson of New York and Paul Bakerman of Arizona as our newest contributing writer who will be giving us an urban perspective. 
 
          To celebrate the first year of the Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai, our sale is now in progress:
2013 MAHALO YEAR-END SALE!
10% OFF ON ALL ITEMS ON TOTAL ORDER!
To qualify for this special discount, please send an email to sales@fukubonsai.com or david.f@fukubonsai.com with your name, address, phone number, order items, shipping instructions if gift order, total the order (including shipping charges) AND SUBTRACT 10% OF THE ENTIRE ORDER! If all information is sufficient and amount correct, a return email will allow phoning in your credit card authorization or we'll send a PayPal Invoice, or you can send a PayPal Payment. The sale starts now and ends December 31, 2013!
 
For your Christmas gift-giving, please consider our Hawaiian Lava Plantings which are the most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants. The quality is better than ever and there has not been a price adjustment for many years. We will confirm but schedule Christmas gift orders beginning 1-2 weeks before Christmas or deliver as specified. An adjustment will become effective January 1, 2014. So now's the time as prices will never be lower! Mahalo!
 
            CONCLUSION.  We have a full issue with a wide range of Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai articles with a lot of information on rock plantings including how to create rocks where people think there are no suitable rocks for bonsai.  The study group is growing and the newest members are adding new wrinkles and doing some things differently and better.  Although most plants have been or are being brought in for the winter, we'll be adding more information about growing bonsai outdoors whenever the night temperatures are above 55F.  Please write me or the contributing editors if you have questions or want to see articles on certain subjects.
 
            ~~~David (david.f@fukubonsai.com)
 
THE BEST FIGS FOR BONSAI! 
          By Jerry Meislik,  contributing editor (Whitefish, Montana).  Jerry shares his recommendations based upon his many years of experience and research.  
ROCK BUILDING AND PLANTING
          By Ryan Chang, contributing editor (Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii).  Ryan lives in a part of Hawaii that does not have a lot of nice lava.  But he shares some exciting techniques than could be used by others in his situation!
THEN THERE WAS LIGHT!
          By Jay Boryczko,  contributing editor (Farmington Hills, Michigan).  Jay is moving to become our "In and Out" authority and has begun a series of trials that may prove beneficial for everyone!
LESSON #12B:  BASIC VERTICAL ROCK PLANTING IIThis is a significant article that covers basic techniques that could be applied to various types of rock planting. 
ROCK PLANTING WORKSHOPS AT FUKU-BONSAI
          By Paul Bakerman (Phoenix, Arizona).  Paul recently spent four days at Fuku-Bonsai and shares what he learned about preparing rocks,  techniques, and actual rock planting.
LESSON #13A:  ASSEMBLING & PLANTING CLINKER FORMATIONS
           This is a continuance of a series of various rock planting techniques. The assembly was done a year ago and recently planted with Paul assisting me.

 

JOSHUA'S FAST-TRACK IWPsJoshua Rowson of New York is our newest contributing writer to share his experiences in creating urban bonsai. 
A PAIR OF 1:10 PROJECT FUKU-BONSAI WORKSHOPS
           Selma and Juan was an interesting pair of friends who did a really interesting pair of workshops!  They will do joint reports although they live quite a way from each other!   

CAROL'S & MOM'S IWPs!   Carol Tingley of South Carolina got her mom involved and completed the first three workshops.  Now she's planning her bonsai future and it sounds like interesting times ahead!

IDEAS FOR SUCCESS!  
            Each year our success rate improves.  Here are ideas for you to be able to prevent problems and to fix them if they occur!
PACKING & SHIPPING INFORMATION
            Over many years, we put as much effort into learning to pack and ship plants as we do in growing them.  Here's a photo sequence of one such packing.
MAILBAG;  NOVEMBER 2013
            There's not much to report this month.  Burton Flake completed his Bahrain group workshop but deployment activities delayed his reports which will be in next month's issue. 
 
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