ISSUE #6. JUNE 2013
MICHAEL S. IMAINO
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
- Journal Contributing
- JERRY MEISLIK
- Author, bonsai instructor
- Journal Contributing
- RON DAVIS
- (Bozeman, Montana)
- RYAN CHANG
- (Waipahu, Hawaii)
- RUSS MANN
- (Polson, Montana)
- TRAVIS FARGHER
- (Long Beach, California)
| Aloha and welcome to the sixth issue! As we
move into summer, there's a steady addition of those who grow
high-light tropical bonsai outdoors whenever possible or those who
grow True Indoor Bonsai with additional supplemental light and
that's great. Our goal is to create a "Tropical & True Indoor
Bonsai" community that is a celebration of diversity.
Those in Hawaii are strongly influenced by Haruo "Papa" Kaneshiro
and those in the "Greatest Generation." American and Japanese
leaders were once wartime enemies who came together and
positioned bonsai as a bridge to international friendship and peace.
As editor, I seek a balance between the continuity of history
and tradition; and innovation, creativity and change. The last
50 years of artistic pot plants has seen remarkable revolutionary
and evolutionary change including the shift from outdoor temperate
climate trees to the trees of the tropics and a movement to growing
them indoors. This changed the classical single apex-tier
branch pine-tree shape to a multiple apex-arched branched structure
that include aerial roots and banyan designs. Chinese styling
concepts added creativity toward living sculptural art. More
changes and innovations will come as new generations of Americans
The Journal is a vehicle to encourage and teach in a very
straightforward American way. If done by traditional ways to
try to teach all possible plants to be grown in all possible
conditions, bonsai is extremely complex and almost impossible
to master. Bonsai can be reasonably simple and successful.
First, start with Dwarf Schefflera, the ideal tree that grows
indoors in all parts of the United States (or outdoors when low
night temperatures exceed 55°F). Second, start with trees that
have a lot of trunk character and interest to avoid the most
difficult early years to develop those traits. Then learn to grow
the tree to the optimum health! A healthy tree will be long
lived and be easier to train and maintain.
We hope the Journal will contribution to greater understanding by
all --- whether the dedicated artist-craftsmen who
create, casual hobbyists, or patrons and supporters who purchase,
maintain, and enjoy the trees.
E KOMO MAI . . . come
discover the serenity of nature, the beauty of bonsai, and the
spirit of Hawaii!
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LIGHTING & HIGH LIGHT REQUIRING TREES
Light is the key to obtaining the best possible growth and
this article discusses fluorescent lights as well as high
intensity metal halide lights. Jerry introduces a few of
his Michigan friends who have grown and created exceptional
bonsai indoors! (A monthly feature
article by Jerry "Bonsaihunk" Meislik, MPBF Journal contributing
editor, Whitefish, Montana)
HANALIKE II - A
major group workshop creation!
On May 10, 2013, an innovative tropical bonsai arrangement
was created that used a rotted hollow trunk, five older
trees ranging from 8 to 28 years old, as a variation of
"EPIPHYTIC BONSAI" styling!
THREE-MONTH 1:10 PROJECT THREE
Three months ago, Ryan Chang (Hawaii), Larry Sullivan
(Oregon) and David Fukumoto (Fuku-Bonsai) did a "Fast-Track" set
of workshops as posted at
www.fukubonsai.com/1a94d.html. Ryan takes
the lead in evaluating the progress since with one exceptional,
one dead, with the others in various stages in between!
The report shows how plants grow differently when given
ROOTS PROJECT #2 REPORT
This is the second Journal article by contributing
writer Travis Fragher of Long Beach, California who sailed
through his first. But this one turned out to be more of a
challenge and in sharing the challenges, we all learn and move
contributing writer Ryan Chang (Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii). This
is a significant "how-to" article for those with large
growing areas interested in creating outstanding large
high-quality bonsai. It takes a lot of time and
includes many steps. Ryan provides details of the
important "Accelerated Growth Training" stage.
An invitation to be
a member of a True Indoor Bonsai Study Group with a custom
pathway to fit each individual's goals and situation!
- 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, etc. Each individual's route is
customized to fit their situation. Participants make a
pre-report to address 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! Email
for more information.
News and topics of interest! Recommendation of Bonsai
Clubs International's magazine.
*** Go to the premier January 2013 issue of Journal of Tropical
& True Indoor Bonsai
*** Go to the second February 2013 issue of Journal of Tropical
& True Indoor Bonsai
*** Go to the third March 2013 issue of Journal of Tropical &
True Indoor Bonsai
*** Go to the fourth April 2013 issue of Journal of Tropical &
True Indoor Bonsai
*** Go to the fifth May 2013 issue of Journal of Tropical & True
*** Go to
the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation website
*** Go to the Fuku-Bonsai website
© Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation
and Fuku-Bonsai, 2013