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- WHY HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTINGS ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GIFT BONSAI!
Fuku-Bonsai's True Indoor Bonsai™ are the easiest and most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants! Here's why!
- This Japanese Black Pine is over 100 years old and amongst the most difficult to grow. These are not houseplants and are the worst gift bonsai for a person without experience.
FIRST, we recognized that "gift bonsai" are usually given to those without bonsai skills or knowledge and that most bonsai quickly die because it's the wrong plant to give to someone without bonsai skills! The most difficult bonsai are traditional Japanese temperate climate bonsai that must be grown outdoors with a lot of expertise and discipline. Each plant variety in each outdoor climate requires different care. Even tropical bonsai (including members of the ficus family) require much more light than available in ordinary homes. These should really be grown outdoors during warm weather and in high light greenhouses.
Gift bonsai should be proven durable houseplants trained in the bonsai manner! Pines and junipers simply do not become houseplants just because they are grown as bonsai. The great majority of our visitors have grown and killed bonsai. They were trying to grow an outdoor bonsai as a houseplant! Most want to try again and are successful with our True Indoor Bonsai.
- Dwarf Schefflera was introduced to Hawaii in the late 1960's. We have been growing it as bonsai longer than anyone else.
SECOND, we differentiate by trade marking "TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™." We specialize in Dwarf Schefflera (Schefflera arboricola) because it is the most durable of all houseplants with ideal bonsai traits and characteristics! Very few plants sold as "Indoor Bonsai" are shown in houseplant magazines with the exception of ficus (figs). Ficus requires very high light and becomes spindly when grown in ordinary low light interiors. Even when grown near windows or properly acclimated, they are touchy and will often drop many leaves when moved to a different location. In contrast Dwarf Schefflera is the ideal houseplant bonsai. But it has very different characteristics and are known to like to grow on rocks or as epiphytes on trees. To some extent they are drought resistant and have some characteristics of air plants whose roots need to breath.
THIRD, our Dwarf Schefflera are grown with professional skills and techniques to produce tough plants that have character within one inch of the soil line and a compact root system. We cull out weak plants and those that do not branch while the plants were still very young. We spent many years learning and are committed to producing the highest quality small plants that have exceptional potential to become high-quality medium and large bonsai!
- WHY ARE HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTINGS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GIFT BONSAI?
Fuku-Bonsai provides proven detailed cultural information with each plant and if there are suspected problems, email details and a clear photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and receive prompt assistance!
HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTINGS are recommended gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants! They are very easy-care and slow-growing! The plants are pre-trained before being rock-planted, and as they become established in the rock, they become root-bound and grow very slowly. They have the ability to live in a root-bound condition for many years and by now providing the ideal low nitrogen, high-phosphorus ultra slow release Nutrient Granules, these are almost "customer-proof!"
Simply water once per week by soaking the entire rock area in water for 30 minutes. Remove from water and as it stops dripping, place it on DRY gravel and do not add any more water in mid-week. White roots indicate all is well. Black rotted roots indicate over-watering which can kill the plant.
- THE STORY AND THEORIES BEHIND THE SUCCESS!
When you first see a Fuku-Bonsai Hawaiian Lava Planting, you may not realize that so much work and effort have gone into it. In the 1960's we learned that plants that became acclimated to growing in Hawaii's semi-dense but porous lava develop unique survivability. The lava rock seems to have enough porosity for air to enter and allow the roots to survive. Our lava plantings are sold with attractive shallow display saucers that include screened lava gravel. The gravel serves to provide a visually attractive base as well as holds a little moisture.
Fully submerge the entire rock under water for 30-minutes each week. This is the key to long-term success. Because air is lighter than water, if you keep the rock under water, you'll see a steady stream of bubbles as the water fills each and every air space and pushes out the air. We recommend a 30-minute soak although 10 to 15 minutes would likely be enough. Replace all air in the rock with water.
As you remove the rock and water drains out, new air rushes back in. When it mostly stops dripping, place the rock planting on DRY gravel and don't add any more water in midweek. During the week, the plant uses up much of the water which is replaced by more air. THIS WEEKLY AIR AND WATER EXCHANGE IS WHAT KEEPS THE PLANT HEALTHY!
Too often, customers just sit the plants in water or pour water over the rock, the roots rot and the plants die. When a plant is over-watered, the trunk gets soft and its possible to peel the bark off.
WAYS TO INCREASE HUMIDITY IN EXTRA DRY INTERIORS
NOTE: The two photos above came from customers and the glass "semi-terrariums" have proven very effective in dry climates or situations!
BUT IF YOU ARE NOT USING HIGHER WALL "SEMI-TERRARIUMS, DO NOT USE LARGER, HARD ROCKS IN SHALLOW DISHES AS YOUR PLANTS WILL DRY OUT TOO FAST.
If you see tiny vertical creases in trunks or branches, it may be under-watered and the plant is dehydrating. This can happen if the rock planting is placed on larger decorative rocks rather than 1/4" size gravel and the plant could dry out too fast. Others may be afraid to overwater and soak their plant every two weeks and for a while they are successful. But if they forget, the plant begins to dry out and if you look carefully, the trunk is actually shriveling and there are tiny vertical creases! If you see these creases, soak in water overnight and the plant could rehydrate and recover. Email a photo to Fuku-Bonsai to assure that is the situation.
Some customers insist that the air in their homes and offices are much too dry due to air conditioning and/or interior heating. But we have customers in all parts of the United States who use air conditioning and/or interior heating. It is noT advisable or necessary to sit plants in water or water more than once per week. Some customers are successful and happy by increasing the humidity by using open top glass cylinders, bowls, or "semi-terrariums."
NUTRIENT GRANULES ARE ANOTHER WAY TO INCREASE THE SUCCESS RATE!
Hawaiian Lava Plantings are very durable and originally we recommended Schultz Liquid Plant Food. But it needed to be applied often. Some early problems were due to customers not fertilizing at all as plants continued to grow well for 2-3 years but gradually became weaker. When customers used commonly available OUTDOOR fertilizer, there were problems because the fertilizer was too strong for the low-light houseplant bonsai. There have been very few problems since we included a small complimentary packet of Nutrient Granules --- except for those who disregard and don't use it.
AN EVOLUTION TO BONSAI TRAINING!
Most who enjoy growing our Hawaiian Lava Plantings or those who receive them enjoy them a attractive long-term easy care plants. Knowing how easy-care and successful they've been, they give them to others as gifts for special occasions. But an increasing number of customers are enjoying faster-growing Premium Potted Bonsai and some are becoming interested in training bonsai and obtaining our Introductory Workshop Package and other workshops.
For those with lava plantings who want to convert to bonsai, please visit Giftlist #3 and study the "Conversion Kits" that are available. If you become interested in learning True Indoor Bonsai, consider joining the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation and our study groups. If you have no experience and there are no one nearby that can help you, consider obtaining three Introductory Workshop Packages. Upon receipt, review all materials and email if you have any questions. Please feel free to email if you have questions.
Those who participate in the study group send photos, captions, and reports and receive critiques, recommendations and assistance. Fuku-Bonsai and the 501(3)(c) non-profit Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation has teamed up into a vertically integrated partnership that provides information, specific plants, and assistance. We will train instructors who will have quantity discounts and teacher's aids.
E KOMO MAI . . . come discover the serenity of nature, the beauty of bonsai, and the spirit of Hawaii!