- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
- Why is HAWAIIANITE
uniquely ideal and effective as a universal all-purpose
Hawaiianite is a rare combination of both water-soluble and
citrate-soluble nutrients in a controlled ratio. The
water-soluble nitrogen is lower than 1.5% so it will not burn
sensitive plants like bonsai, orchids, or cactus. The
water-soluble phosphorus is sufficient for good initial growth,
but most of the huge 32% amount of phosphorous is in
citrate-soluble on-demand form to release long-term and as
needed. Phosphorous produces strong plants with large
roots systems that flower abundantly and go on to mature to
produce seeds, nuts, fruits, roots, and even the fiber in trees.
The non-burning and non-leaching traits contribute to
labor-saving cost reductions, increased agricultural production
with additional environmental benefits. All of these
factors make it a universal fertilizer and the only fertilizer
you'll ever need!
- What are the criteria that
makes an ideal universal fertilizer?
An ideal universal fertilizer must be effective even for
those with limited fertilizer skills or experience. It
should not burn plants if applied following simple basic
directions. It should not leach in heavy rains to create
runoff that pollute waterways, cause green algae bloom, fish
kills, and other environmental problems. It should release
nutrients slowly at a rate that plants can absorb and continue
releasing nutrients over a long period so frequent fertilizing
is not necessary. It should be simple to apply and be able
to automatically adjust to light, temperature, and seasonal
changes. Hawaiianite's citrate-soluble release is determined by
root growth and as the root growth rates change, the nutrient
release automatically adjusts. If excess fertilizer is applied,
it is kept available for when needed by the plants. This makes
Hawaiianite an ideal fertilizer for novices with just a few
treasured plants as well as the plant specialist who wants the
best fertilizer available.
- Is HAWAIIANITE affordable?
What are the best ways to reduce the costs?
Hawaiianite is expensive to make and normally would be
more suitable for those who want the best fertilizer available
at any cost or for growers of high-value crops.
Hawaiianite will be packaged in smaller affordable quantities
and made available at all possible retailers as well as by
direct individual mail order. Besides the cost of
manufacturing, the major costs are in packaging and
distribution. Initially we will supply even a single small unit
to make it available to everyone. Purchasing a single small
amount is much more expensive primarily because of the
distribution costs. It is possible to reduce costs by purchasing
in larger quantities, by pooling orders and making large club or
group purchases in quantity. As wholesalers and
distributors put together larger import orders and distribute
them effectively, costs will greatly reduce!
- How can you tell if
a fertilizer is water-soluble?
Almost all current fertilizers are water-soluble that
quickly release all nutrients upon contact with water. These
must be applied properly is smaller amounts and watered soon
after to prevent fertilizer burn. They generally are
effective for a limited time and must be applied more
frequently. There are some pollimer-coated slow-release
fertilizers available, but less than 1% of all fertilizers used
are of this type. The easiest way to learn if fertilizers
are water-soluble is to read the label. Place some in a
glass of water and stir vigorously, if it quickly dissolves, it
is water-soluble and has the potential to burn your plants.
Hawaiianite will not easily dissolve and our original samples
still retain their shape and size after many months of frequent
and violent shaking. This is a very easy experiment and if
you compare Hawaiianite with any other fertilizer but placing
some in water, you'll quickly see the difference!
- How do you determine the
The actual release is largely determined by the growth
rate of the plants and the amount of roots emitting citric acid
--- few roots; limited release --- more roots, larger
release --- lots of roots, maximum release! But if
excess fertilizer is applied, it will be available to the plants
in the future! In addition, the release rate is determined
by the size of the fertilizer granule. Hawaiianite Medium
(3mm) will release in 6-months or so. Hawaiianite Coarse
(5mm) will release in a year or so. We estimate an
experimental batch of Hawaiianite Extra Coarse (9mm) will
release in 3 to 5 years. This may be ideal for those
installing new landscaping to assure the newly planted trees and
shrubs get of to a strong start! We will initially offer
Hawaiianite Coarse in the small 1/2# Introductory Package.
Hawaiianite Medium may be available initially only in 10 kg
(22#) Commercial Package if market demand allows.
- How is Hawaiianite
Because Hawaiianite is
"non-burning", it is possible to make fewer, larger applications
and this is labor-saving. Any excess fertilizer will be kept
available for the plant when needed as Hawaiianite is also
"non-leaching" and will not wash away as polluting fertilizer
run-off. Because it will not leach during a prolonged
rainy season, it will not be necessary to re-fertilize and
this will produce a saving.
HAWAIIANITE WILL NEVER BE THE CHEAPEST FERTILIZER BUT IT WILL BE
THE MOST "COST-EFFECTIVE!" The actual cost of fertilizer is just
a small part of the cost of production. The largest cost
is usually labor. So if you can make just one Hawaiianite
ultra-slow release fertilizer application instead of many small
water-soluble short-term applications, the overall costs will be
much lower! Because Hawaiianite is so easy-to-use, it can be
applied by unskilled staff.
THE MAJOR SAVINGS ARE DUE TO A COMBINATION OF UNIQUE HAWAIIANITE
TRAITS! The actual cost of fertilizer is just a small part
of operating a business such as a golf course or a hotel-resort.
It's necessary that plants, landscaping, and lawns be
beautifully maintained, but in doing so, there is a public
stigma that fertilizer run-off is polluting our environment.
This is becoming a major issue every time there's a news story
of polluted waterways, green algae bloom, fish kills, and other
environmental damage. Doesn't it make sense to save on
labor, run a more efficient business, and enjoy a reputation as
being a eco-friendly business instead of being an environmental
- How can the cost of
Hawaiianite be reduced?
THE ACTUAL COST OF FERTILIZER IS LARGELY IN DISTRIBUTION AND
FUKU-BONSAI IS DEVELOPING THE MOST EFFICIENT DISTRIBUTION
SYSTEM! To make Hawaiianite accessible to the widest
number of potential users, it is necessary to make it available
in large traffic retailers and historically, the largest traffic
retailers with the lowest mark-ups are supermarkets.
WE WILL INTRODUCE HAWAIIANITE IN HAWAII WITH A SERIES OF
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION INNOVATIONS WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF
MAKING HAWAIIANITE THE LEAST COSTLY IN HAWAII! Fuku-Bonsai
will offer Hawaiianite in small 1/2# Introductory Packages in
supermarkets and all possible retailers. A little goes a long
way and a small 1/2-pound bag will be enough for most homeowners
for a long time. It is costly to repackage but the small
quantity makes if "affordable" and will make Hawaiianite
available to everyone.
FOR GARDENERS OR HOBBYISTS WHO NEED LARGER AMOUNTS, save
by purchasing a larger Hawaiianite 1 kg (2.2#) Grower Package or
10 kg (22#) Commerical Packages from a garden shop or
agricultural supplier. It is not likely that supermarkets will
stock these larger sizes that have a lower cost per pound.
A group of friends can purchase a larger size and split it up so
FOR THOSE WHO NEED LARGE QUANTITIES, we are currently
negotiating of the partnership rights to be the exclusive Hawaii
State Wholesale Distributor who will import the largest
quantities at the lowest cost. It will include a
commitment to a modest mark-up and agricultural distributors
will be able to obtain large quantities out of a single large
Hawaii inventory instead of each distributor importing their own
WE ENCOURAGE USERS TO JOIN WITH OTHERS TO PURCHASE AS A GROUP.
It is likely that net prices will be based upon quantity
purchased. A orchid club can make a bulk purchase of
Introductory or Grower Packages and provide their members at a
lower cost than each member purchasing a single small retail
amount. Grower organizations should become Hawaiianite
Supporters both to coordinate trials to find the best ways to
use Hawaiianite, but also to earn quantity discounts by making a
bulk purchase. A landscaping company will likely get a quantity
discount when purchasing a pallet-load. But an
organization with many landscaping members should request
special drop-shipment import order of a full container!
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
Fuku-Bonsai is a dream in progress. We've had a wonderful lifestyle
pioneering the certified nursery export industry and True Indoor
Bonsai since 1962. Very few have had the privilege of pursuing
their passion, making it their lifework, and seeing it become the
most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow
In 1985 we incorporated to be the catalyst to create an
international bonsai center to perpetuate our lifework while
benefiting the community and visitor industry. That dream got killed
when we sprayed defective Benlate that caused over $30 million in
losses and we were forced to endure a 25+ year battle for survival.
We appreciate the support and assistance we received.
By a quirk of fate, we became a part of a unique collaboration
that developed Hawaiianite as an all-purpose, all-plant,
easy-to-use, extended release, on-demand, high-phosphorous
fertilizer for everyone! We have been entrusted with the
ownership of the Hawaiianite formulation, tradename and global
marketing rights and committed to making this a win-win situation
for our collaborating Korean associates. Now is also Hawaii pay-back
We pledge to create a Hawaiian fertilizer industry committed to the
highest legal, moral, and ethical standards. Hawaii is
normally at the end of the supply line with the highest costs.
But we seek partners who are also committed to making Hawaiianite
the lowest cost in Hawaii. We can do this by creating
transparency and competitive opportunities for everyone to
participate. We will do our part to lower the cost of
agricultural production in Hawaii to benefit the entire community.
We invite you to join us!
Once we complete creating the Hawaii distribution and marketing
systems, we will face the challenge to effectively work with our
Korean associates to create an efficient system to supply the
continental United States and international markets. We will
try to incorporate Hawaiian cultural and ethical values with the
hopes that our innovations will benefit the world!
~~~David W. Fukumoto, president and founder, Fuku-Bonsai
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