SPRING
IS
HERE!!!
ISSUE #4. April 2013
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. david.f@fukubonsai.com

 

Journal Contributing Editor
JERRY MEISLIK
Author, bonsai instructor

 

Journal Contributing Writers
 
RON DAVIS
(Bozeman, Montana)
 
RYAN CHANG
(Waipahu, Hawaii)
 
RUSS MANN
(Polson, Montana)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Aloha and welcome to the fourth issue!   As we move into spring, those who want superior growth are moving bonsai to benches outdoors. There are many forms of bonsai and this issue will touch upon other forms besides our Dwarf Schefflera True Indoor Bonsai.  In this issue we introduce Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation president Michael Imaino who joined Fuku-Bonsai  in 1983.  Two years later Fuku-Bonsai evolved from a Fukumoto family sole proprietorship to a corporation and a few years later, Michael was named the project manager to build the 17-acre Kona Fuku-Bonsai Center. 

              Unfortunately in 1989 we sprayed defective Benlate contaminated with weedkillers at the Kurtistown nursery and this caused over $30 million of damages including killing several years of young crops, wiping out the old plant bank of bonsai in training since 1973, the loss of the Kona center, preventing growing our original crops, and requiring complete reinvention of Fuku-Bonsai!  Michael played a crucial role as Fuku-Bonsai's senior plant manager as a corporate director, and as a major stockholder. This year marks his 30th year in bonsai and the article that introduces him recaps it's 30 year history.  Michael, his tree, his right hand Edison Yadao, and the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation have exciting futures! 

              Fuku-Bonsai is just emerging from this 25-year battle for survival and making exceptional progress in creating a high-success easier form of houseplant bonsai.  It will one day be recognized as the most popular form of American bonsai suitable for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants!  But even houseplants grow faster and stronger when grown outdoors whenever night temperatures are above 55F. 

            Journal contributing editor Jerry Meislik and I team up to present a concise answer to the question:  "How do you create bonsai?"  The Japanese traditional answer is extremely long and detailed as there really are infinite ways.  But we boiled it down to just five different ways and believe that any bonsai is trained using combinations of these ways. We hope the article presents a simplified concept so you can better understand bonsai.

            Notice the growing list of those involved in this Journal of Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai!  We especially invite those who want to participate in "Fast Track" bonsai made possible with our workshop packages and personal assistance.  Those who teach others really learn the most and we invite those who have a high level of energy and interest,  resources to acquire exceptional materials, and the ability to photograph and communicate to contact me and to join our study groups.  Through this process we've identified Ron Davis, Ryan Chang, and Russ Mann and have invited them to join us as Journal Contributing Writers!

            Others have begun and in several respects, Travis Fargher represents a new generation of American bonsai hobbyists who are moving more strongly to tropical and True Indoor Bonsai.  Most traditional temperate climate outdoor bonsai plants will not grow well in Long Beach or Hawaii as its just too warm.  So in the warmer parts of the country,  Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai make a lot of sense to grow outdoors whenever night temperatures are above 55F and brought in and protected indoors when night temperatures are colder.

            In Hawaii all tropical and True Indoor Bonsai can grow outdoors year-around and this produces stronger, faster, and more compact growth.  We believe Dwarf Schefflera will be the fastest growing bonsai in any climate and that fits as Americans are not known to be excessively patient!  I like to define bonsai as "artistic pot plants" that is an art, craft, and hobby and as such,  design should be influenced by the horticultural properties of the plant.  Temperate climate bonsai are trained with attention to leaves, branches, trunks, and surface roots. 

              BUT TROPICAL BONSAI ALSO HAVE UNIQUE ROOT SYSTEMS THAT ALLOW TRAINING INTO MORE STYLINGS THEN ARE POSSIBLE WITH TEMPERATE CLIMATE BONSAI!  So I'm delighted that Travis and others who have experience with traditional outdoor bonsai are exploring the training of tropical forms of bonsai! A few share their situations in our "Mailbag" feature.

         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 aids. 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 various customized True Indoor Bonsai Study Groups

LEARNING AND TEACHING TRUE INDOOR BONSAI!
           This 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. Each individual's route is customized to fit their situation. 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. Introducing Ryan Chang and Russ Mann:
  THE TRUE INDOOR BONSAI FAST-TRACK STUDY GROUP
A monthly feature by
Jerry "Bonsaihunk" Meislik,
MPBF Journal
contributing editor
TROPICAL BONSAI SHAPING TECHNIQUES . . . 5 WAYS TO BONSAI!
          How are bonsai developed?  There are infinite strategies but Jerry and David teamed up for this article that  all are trained with a combination of these techniques as we tried to create a simplified overview.
INTRODUCING MICHAEL IMAINO; President, Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation
           Michael joined Fuku-Bonsai in 1983 and celebrates 30 years in bonsai.  It's also a story about a seedling germinated in 1983 and how Michael is training it over a 30-year period!
WHY HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTINGS ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BONSAI!
            Most learned of Fuku-Bonsai from seeing our unique Hawaiian Lava Plantings during a Hawaiian vacation or from having received one as a gift.  These are a unique form of tropical bonsai and this article explains why they are very successful and how those who enjoy them are also getting deeper into bonsai!
          SPRING SALE:  10% OFF ALL HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTINGS! 20% OFF ALL CUSTOM COLLECTION;  JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY!
                  (Sale starts April 21 and ends May 21, 2013)
THE TREE OF LIFE!  By Ryan Chang
           Once you understand how to create the basic Sumo, Roots, and Dragon styles, the challenge is to create unique bonsai based upon a theme or idea.  The inspiration could be based upon a unique plant that inspires a creation.  Or a vision may be floating in your mind until you find the right plant for that design.  As Ryan moves prepared bonsai stock into the next "Growing-On" stage of training,  he'll try to train based upon each plant having a training/styling concept.
EXPERIENCING FUKU-BONSAI'S PACKING/SHIPPING SYSTEM
             Travis Fargher of Long Beach, California reports on our new improved packing system to get plants safely to destination.  He also tells of his progress growing tropicals outdoors.
 DEVELOPING THE 9" PREMIUM 1:10 CONVERSION KIT
            We are losing a valued staffer who was part of our pioneering staff team as we began the 1:10 trials.  Antonio does the first field test of the new 9" Premium 1:10 Conversion Kit         
EXPLORING A MINI 1:10 PROJECT
           Jake Wegeholt of Kohala on the Big Island loves miniatures and visited when I was running a trial using a 5" diameter melamine dish that had a planting depth of only 1/4."  I coached and let him do it.  It's possible!            
RON KALT'S ROOTS TO RAINFOREST BANYAN CONVERSION
          For those wanting to create a high-quality larger bonsai within a few years, the best alternative is to start with a 8LS8 Premium Potted Bonsai and a #17 Conversion Kit.  Ron added the challenge to trying to create free falling aerial roots!
MAILBAG - APRIL 2013
How not to water - example II.  The photo shows a small Dwarf Schefflera lava planting that has been sitting in water for 4 1/2 years and starting to die. With a change in watering, it is now recovering!  Dwarf Scheff is tough!
*** Go to Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation website home page
*** Go to the 1st January 2013 Issue of Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai
*** Go to the 2nd February 2013 Issue of Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai
*** Go to the 3rd March 2013 Issue of Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai

*** Go to Fuku-Bonsai website home page

           Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation and Fuku-Bonsai, 2013