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)
 
TRAVIS FARGHER
(Long Beach, California)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Aloha and welcome to the fifth issue! This year the weather was erratic and due to the weather (or customer requests)  we finally sent out all remaining plants that we had held back.  I am very pleased to report safe arrival of ALL plants with many compliments on the quality of the plants and our packing methods! Mahalo!

            As we move into early summer, some of the northern states can take their plants out during the day for superior growth outdoors while those growing indoors near windows with supplemental lights notice better seasonal growth. Journal contributing editor Jerry Meislik continues with an essay on "defoliation" training techniques.  For this to be effective,  the trees must be growing strongly and we encourage everyone to try to get as good growth as possible and to email for help early when plants don't look well.

             There is a growing appreciation of Dwarf Schefflera True Indoor Bonsai with more interest by those who grow them alongside their outdoor bonsai when weather permits.  There seems to be more interest in growing small size bonsai and greater interest and success in the more difficult but attractive "1:10 Project"  which uses shallow saucer-pots that are ten times wider than they are deep.

             Two years ago, as interest in training started increasing,  two 4LL8 Sumo and Roots were early "Intermediate Workshop II" to up-pot them into 8" diameter x 2" deep pots. 4LL8 items are general results a year or so after completing the Introductory Workshop Package.  So "Workshop II" allows customers who don't want to wait the year or so to experience the next level of training and I am very pleased that customers are successful. The plants were three to five years old when we began.

             But the 4LL8 Hawaiian Dragon was shifted into a 9" shallow "1:10" saucer-pot that utilized our most advanced "wire armature" technique.  The strategy was to create larger bonsai, but of the highest possible quality with very little attention and maximum grow-out.  The report begins at www.fukubonsai.com/1a6k.html that shows the development after two years. All three trees were are moved into 12" diameter x 1 1/4" deep 1:10 Project saucer-pots.

            Fast-track study group member Russ Mann (Montana) who breezed through the three Introductory Workshop Packages, had a month to bone-up on all written website materials while we prepared our first 9" Premium 1:10 Conversion Kit prototypes.  Initially he had a hard time producing a sketch to show he understood the concepts, but once he did,  we addressed the various challenges separately, and after he understood the entire picture,  he did a very impressive report that will likely be the most detailed explanation of 1:10 Sumo procedures!

            Other fast-track study group member Ryan Chang (Hawaii) is building a varied collection  with more and larger bonsai that will be grown outdoors throughout the year.  He's running humidity trials,  setting up sifting screens, and putting together potting media formulations as he has access to similar bulk materials.  He's developing and documenting a folder for each of his trees and shares the story and plans for one.  Judging from the creativity given to each tree,  I have no doubt that he will one day end up with one of the most varied self-trained collections!

            We welcome Travis Fargher of Long Beach, California as a Journal contributing writer.  Most traditional temperate climate outdoor bonsai will not grow well in Long Beach or Hawaii as its just too warm. So in 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. Travis brings both indoor and outdoor bonsai experience and both large and small bonsai.  He took on as his first challenge a similar 1:10 Sumo and he sailed through it and made it seem easy.  He's lining up projects that have a higher degree of difficulty and will share one per month. 

          TROPICAL BONSAI HAVE UNIQUE ROOT SYSTEMS and other traits that make them very different from traditional temperate climate outdoor bonsai.  They grow a lot faster and can grow anywhere in the United States as indoors are generally kept between 60F and 80F with either heating or air conditioning. At Fuku-Bonsai they grow outdoors year around because our natural temperature range is about 55F to 85F so our plants can be grown outdoors when night temperatures are above 55F.  Some customers place them outside during warm days and bring them in when lower night temperatures are expected.  So I'm delighted that Ryan, Travis and others who have experience with traditional outdoor bonsai are exploring the training of tropical forms of bonsai!

           TRUE INDOOR BONSAI is destined to become the most popular American bonsai that can be grown successfully by anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants.  While most will enjoy one or two bonsai and happy to maintain and enjoy them,  I hope they enjoy reading how True Indoor Bonsai are trained.  They make great gifts.  We produce the highest quality available and are happy to assist. 

          We want to 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 Group

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. Participants 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. Extra direct assistance makes possible fast-track progress! Beginners, intermediate, or advanced hobbyists are invited to participate!  Please email for application information.
STUDY GROUP HELP PIONEER PREMIUM 1:10 CONVERSION KIT!
A monthly feature by
Jerry "Bonsaihunk" Meislik,
MPBF Journal
contributing editor
DEFOLIATION!
           The deliberate complete or partial removal of the leaves of a bonsai tree to reduce leaf size,  make new replacement leaves smaller and to increase branch ramification.  This is relatively simple,  but requires that the tree be growing very strongly as it is additional stress on the tree.
POTTED BONSAI ARE GREAT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO TRAIN BONSAI!
           While our unique Hawaiian Lava Plantings are great gifts, they grow slowly and if you want to train,  check out our Potted Bonsai!  They are the highest quality available on the Internet for growing in homes and offices year around! 
SPRING SALE: 10% OFF ALL POTTED BONSAI! 20% OFF ALL CUSTOM COLLECTION; JUST IN TIME FOR FATHER'S DAY!
          (Sale starts May 21 and ends June 21, 2013)
FANNING THE BONSAI FLAME!
John and Diane Bradshaw visited again, took a workshop, and ordered two Introductory Workshop Packages to teach their grandchildren. We're delighted that the kits are very successful for teaching family, clubs, and groups!
AN INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED 1:10 PROJECTS!
         Two years ago, we introduced INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP II and three 4LL8 potted Sumo and Roots bonsai were up-potted into #8 Conversion Kits with one 4LL8 Dragon going into a prototype 9" Premium 1:10  Conversion Kit.  This explains the concepts involved as they are up-potted into prototypes of the 12" Premium 1:10 Conversion Kits.  
ADVANCED 1:10 PROJECT SUMO REPORT
          Of the three primary Fuku-Bonsai styles, Sumo is the easiest.  This lays out the basics,  but also has significant information about the two major Fuku-Bonsai Pruning Guides or types of cuts to use to establish apical upward growth and horizontal branch growth.
ADVANCED ROOTS 1:10 PROJECT REPORT
           Lengthening aerial roots are a lot more difficult.  It requires optimum growing conditions as well as a lot of time,  depending upon the amount of lengthening.  This reports on recent improvements and identifies areas where procedures must still be improved.           
ADVANCED HAWAIIAN DRAGON 1:10 PROJECT & CONCLUSION REPORT
            Hawaiian Dragon styling is the most complex as it includes pre-training the trunks and branches, then adding a complex root design and these are called:  "Top and Bottom Dragons." They take longer to produce but are amongst the most distinctive tropical bonsai grown by a professional bonsai nursery.
1:10 SUMO BY RUSS MAN (Montana)  
          Russ is a relatively new hobbyist making exceptional fast-tract progress. He learned the concepts well and has produced an exceptionally detailed report!  
1:10 SUMO BY TRAVIS FARGHER (California)
          Travis is experienced with outdoor and indoor bonsai and from large to small.  He breezed through his first 1:10 Project and more complex challenges are being lined up!
"LOYAL RONIN;" and creating advanced bonsai stock 
          By Ryan Chang (Hawaii) Journal Contributing Writer reporting on his study group project to develop special professional techniques.
MAIL-BAG #5 - MAY 2013
           This month two photos came by email and as a postcard.  I invite such submittals at the appropriate season of trees with character or in scenic settings from all over the nation!
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