TRUE INDOOR BONSAI
Fuku-Bonsai grows only proven houseplants that are offered as Hawaiian Lava
Plantings, potted Living Sculpture, or one-of-a-kind Custom Collection.
A specific care sheet is enclosed with each product shipped. Over the years we've
been able to develop effective cultural information that has produced success. Each
plant has a specific care sheet, so be sure to read each one even if you've been
successful with another Fuku-Bonsai product.
OUR 10-DAY LIMITED WARRANTY:
satisfaction and safe arrival of all plants shipped directly from the nursery; and if
received in damaged or unsatisfactory condition, return by postpaid air mail for refund or
replacement. No other warranty is expressed or implied." We've
shipped to all parts of the United States since 1973 with very few problems. But
every so often, a parcel is damaged by heat or cold and we've come to recognize the
symptoms. If there are any questions, call us at (808) 982-9880 to
"register" your concern, to get information and instructions, and to
extend the warranty period. We will be fair but expect recipients to be fair,
ACCLIMATION. All Fuku-Bonsai plants are shade grown to make the
adjustment to indoors easier. Upon receipt of your plant, submerge the entire
planting in room temperature water to totally saturate the rock or media until there are
no more air bubbles. This will begin a proven cultural cycle. Read the care
instructions carefully and call us if there are any questions. Sometimes plants
develop black leaf spots during the initial acclimation period. Plants will take a
month or so to acclimate.
LIGHT & TEMPERATURE. Our plants can adjust to a wide range of indoor
conditions; but in general, the more light, the more compact
stronger the growth. Give it a lot of light near a window or where there is a lot of
artificial light. At minimum there should be enough light for comfortable reading.
Ideally, you should be able to take a color photo without a flash. Being a tropical
plant it's not hardy outdoors in cold climates. The plants were grown in our natural Kurtistown temperature range. On the hottest day of the year, it's a stifling
90°F. On the coldest night of the year, we've shivering as the mercury
plunges to about 55°F! There should not be problems if your homes or offices are
maintained between these temperatures. Be sure that your building is heated at night
or on weekends during winter in colder climates. It's advisable not to place the
plants where they will get winter icy blasts in colder climates. Dwarf
Schefflera can be grown outdoors in semi-shade for faster growth when night
low temperatures are above 55°F.
MOISTURE & DISPLAY.
Please refer to the specific care
sheet. This is the most critical factor.
Soak the entire Dwarf Schefflera rock planting in water that covers the
rock. For potted bonsai, soak in a pan of water up to the rim of the pot.
Do this weekly for 30 minutes. When removing from the water, tilt and
water will stream out. When it begins to drip, level it off and the water
stops. Place rock plantings on DRY GRAVEL with any dangling roots tucked
under the rock. White roots indicate all is okay. If their are
no white roots and roots are rotting, you may be overwatering. Take a
photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
to see if there is a problem. Dwarf Schefflera can handle some under watering. But, if
you over water it, you'll rot the roots and kill the plant. Other plants
require even, consistent watering. When you do water, water
thoroughly. Rinse off any dust off the leaves when you water. Hard or
softened water may be harmful and cause unsightly white deposits on the rock or pot.
Distilled water may be preferable.
DO NOT SIMPLY
ADD WATER FROM TIME TO TIME!
water is poured over the rock or media, only parts will get wet while other sections
stay dry. You risk over or under watering. We recommend
"dip-saturation" by soaking the entire plant in room temperature water for at
least 30 minutes. As the water penetrates the lava rock or the potting media,
it replaces air which bubbles out. When you take it out of the water and during the
week, air moves back in. This alternating air and water exchange is the
key to keeping True Indoor Bonsai healthy. Improper watering is the cause of most plant
per instructions. Fuku-Bonsai includes a small packet of NUTRIENT
GRANULES with every plant we ship because its the best most proven
fertilizer. Plants grow very slowly indoors
and, therefore, need very little fertilizer. You'll cause harm by giving
too much fertilizer or too strong fertilizer as the roots will burn and plants may die.
fertilizing is the second most frequent cause of plant problems.
SCALE & INSECTS. Indoor plants are susceptible to these
pests, but the plants are strong enough to survive while you get rid of them.
If you have just a few plants, wash off pests with a Q-tip and dishwashing
solution. If you've tended to your plants daily and enjoyed observing the details
that make each plant different, you'll quickly notice if scales or insects are
attacking your plant. We generally don't recommend spraying house plants with strong
insecticides as it's messy, smelly, and difficult indoors.
CONCLUSION & THOUGHTS. Saburo Kato, the Japanese grand
master, said that taking care of bonsai is just like taking care of children.
Sometimes it takes a person who's at the top of the field to speak simple truths. In
bringing an exotic plant indoors, it will become your responsibility to provide the
plant's needs. It's not appropriate to expect the plant to adjust to the care that
you're giving. Sometimes customers will claim that they did everything right but the
plant died. That's unfortunate; but upon full investigation, often the
customer did not really understand or follow instructions. As a
grower-shipper, we hate to have to hear about plants dying, but upon asking
questions, it becomes very obvious some people just don't bother to read the
cultural instructions or ask questions.
Taking care of bonsai is just like taking care of children. It's important to check
on them daily to make sure they are healthy and receiving the proper care .
. . not too much or not too little. It's an art that is impossible to
set down into a short cultural sheet. Whole books are written about bonsai.
It's the most difficult horticultural art! But it's also amongst the most
satisfying. Our TRUE INDOOR BONSAI are the easiest with the best success record,
but you've got to do your part!
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