- ISSUE #3. March 2013
MICHAEL S. IMAINO
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
- Journal Contributing
- JERRY MEISLIK
- Author, bonsai instructor
| Aloha and welcome to the third
issue! As we move into spring and the start of the growing season,
we focus on getting strong vigorous growth with an article by Jerry
Meislik on preparing your indoor bonsai for outdoors. Whenever
night temperatures are above 55°F, Dwarf Schefflera can be
grown outdoors. For those who grow temperate climate outdoor
bonsai or those in warm climates, consider Dwarf Scheffera to
obtain much faster results compared to traditional slow-growing
plants. Jerry's article touches on the do's and don'ts.
A second less known bonsai concept is "Bonsai no Kokoro" (The Spirit
and Philosophy of Bonsai) that greatly contributes to the enjoyment
of bonsai. We are honored to reprint an article by Ted
Tsukiyama, the senior bonsai leader who was instrumental in
Hawaii's role in national and international bonsai.
There's questions on pruning and rooting cuttings and an article
addresses this subject. There's an increasing focus on how to
create exceptional bonsai by learning to train in shallow
saucer-pots that we call the "1:10 Project." There's an
overall update of the staff's progress, but also by Ron Davis of
Montana who started with us almost two years ago. There's been
remarkable progress and as this is being written, I am
completing specifications for the new " 1:10 Premium 7" Introductory
Workshop Package" that is more difficult but will attempt to
teach those with some bonsai experience a new concept to create
high-quality bonsai in shallow saucer-pots. Please email if you are
interested in being a part of this study group.
I am receiving good feedback
and have re-established contact with some of our oldest customers
who date back over 30 years or so! They are happy to learn
that Fuku-Bonsai has largely recovered from the catastrophic losses
due to defective Benlate and share frustrations of being a victim of
another defective DuPont product named
Imprelis. Life is not fair and we
are grateful for the support and assistance received that made it
possible for Fuku-Bonsai to survive losses that exceeded $30
As we struggle to complete rebuilding and continue efforts to
refinance, I am excited about the quality of the production now
building and the success of our workshop packages to assist isolated
bonsai hobbyists. We will continue to help create True Indoor Bonsai
teachers in every state and region and to supply them with
Introductory Workshop Packages with quantity discounts and teaching
We are also beginning to expand our product lines and will be
accepting a few additional Fuku-Bonsai Authorized Retailer and
invite inquiries if interested.
E KOMO MAI . . . come
discover the serenity of nature, the beauty of bonsai, and the
spirit of Hawaii!
An invitation to be a member
of either of two True Indoor Bonsai Study Groups
- LEARNING AND
TEACHING TRUE INDOOR BONSAI!
- The new portal page is for serious
trainers who want to learn "Fast-Track Bonsai," for those who
will likely be teaching True Indoor Bonsai with our workshop
packages, for those who want to learn how to create exceptional
1:10 Project bonsai in shallow saucer-pots or those who may one
day apply to become a Fuku-Bonsai Authorized Retailer. There are
two different study groups and both begin with the purchase of
three sets. Those interested in the standard Introductory
Workshop Package will get extra assistance with no obligations.
Those wanting to take on the challenge of the 1:10 Project
Introductory Workshop Package will receive one standard and two
prototype workshop packages. Participants will make a pre-report
to address any questions, produce a project report with photos,
receive a critique, produce a pre-report for the second
planting, etc. This will provide extra direct assistance while
assisting in creating a major new workshop package. After
reviewing, please email for application information.
- A monthly feature by
- Jerry "Bonsaihunk" Meislik,
- MPBF Journal
- contributing editor
BONSAI INDOORS - THE
BASICS OF BONSAI GROWING! (3)
PREPARING YOUR INDOOR BONSAI FOR SPRING! The pros and
cons of outdoor and indoor growing and choosing what's best for
BONSAI NO KOKORO
BY TED T. TSUKIYAMA
The spirit and philosophy of Hawaiian bonsai has been greatly
influenced by the late Haruo "Papa" Kaneshiro and Japan grand
master Saburo Kato. Ted was part of the leadership group
and shares the history and the values we endorse that we hope
will guide the Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai community we are
PRUNING & ROOTING
Pruning is done at different stages of development and it is
important to have a training strategy of why you are pruning and
to know when not to prune to get maximum growth. While the
tree is developing prune off a simple 4-5 leaf cutting when a
section has grown out 7 to 8 new leaves. Prune older
bonsai and obtain character cuttings that shorten the time it
takes to create bonsai!
TO THE TRUE INDOOR BONSAI STUDY GROUP AND THE FUKU-BONSAI 1:10
PREMIUM WORKSHOP PACKAGE
This introduces another major complete bonsai workshop package
to greatly raise the standards of learning (and teaching) the
most successful form of bonsai that is very suitable for anyone,
anywhere, who can grow houseplants.
PROJECT REVISITED AND UPDATE
The project began in 2011 and this update shows a few of our
initial trial plants as well as share the progress made in 22
months by members of the Fuku-Bonsai staff.
- SUMO: IF AT FIRST
YOU DON'T SUCCEED . . .
Ron Davis began his 1:10 Project about the same time that the
Fuku-Bonsai staff received their first class. This is his first
update report of Sumo #1. He's had great growth and while his
development is behind, he's got an impressive heavy trunk with
FIRST FUKU-BONSAI VISIT REPORT
Ryan is on "FAST-TRACK BONSAI!" He's
learning a lot very quickly by moving forward aggressively,
making mistakes, redoing, and moving on!
RYAN CHANG'S 1:10
SUMO & ROOTS REDO
The critique continued after Ryan returned home and it made
sense to redo to incorporate additional lessons learned!
MONTANA FAST-TRACK II!
Russ is also very interested, a good photographer and
writer and shows what can be done in two weeks, even when
there's need to re-do!
WORKSHOP PACKAGE REVISITED
There's a lot of information about this breakthrough product
scattered throughout the website and requests for summary
information including the underlying concepts, ways it can
be used to learn or teach, and quantity discounts.
MAILBAG #3 - MARCH 2013
- This month
there were multiple mentions of using deeper glass containers
instead of saucers with gravel under lava plantings and potted
bonsai. One project has a cabinet the full width of a
picture window topped with an open top glass tank with walls
about 5" tall. We're calling it a "semi-terrarium" and the
concept seems to be very workable to get good grow (and even
some moss) for very dry areas!
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