2018 GIFT LIST #2
PREMIUM POTTED BONSAI
THOSE WHO WANT FASTER GROWTH AND TO TRAIN BONSAI!
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are several major product line changes and there
will be others in the coming months and years.
The standards for each model item have been raised
and the overall quality standards are continually
going up. Fuku-Bonsai offers the
highest quality Dwarf Schefflera bonsai available on
the internet. We will be offering increasingly
older and more mature bonsai as Custom Collection.
In addition we offer some
oldest and largest bonsai that are very suitable for the
finest public and private bonsai collections! Please
email me for information if interested in highest
quality Dwarf Schefflera premium bonsai.
Regards and aloha,
CURRENT CATEGORIES WITH OTHERS TO COME:
1. 4LS8 (PREMIUM SMALL
in 5'X3"X2" rectangle plastic pots:
$59.95 + shipping ("4LS8-S Sumo," "4LS8-R Roots," and
"4LS8-D Dragon" stylings) This
premium small bonsai are already 4 to 6 years in
training and much heavier
than the smaller younger prepared bonsai stock used
in the Introductory Workshop Package
2. 7RLS8 (PREMIUM SMALL/MEDIUM
POTTED BONSAI) in 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" 2 1/2"
rectangular pots: $89.95 + shipping; ("7RLS8-S Sumo,"
"7RLS8-R Roots," and "7RLS8-D Dragon" stylings).
This size is similar our former 8LS8 round pot items
and are basically "up-potted" form into a slightly vigorous "growing-on"
training. They are mostly 6 to 8 years in
training. Those who like this as a "finished size"
into "refinement training" to keep it at this size.
Many prefer to "pot-up" to the slightly larger
3. 9RLS8 (PREMIUM
MEDIUM POTTED BONSAI) in 8.5"x6"x2.5"
rectangular pots: $179.95 + shipping; ("9RLS8-S Sumo,"
"9RLS8-R Roots," and "9RLS8-D Dragon" stylings).
The trees in this category are 10 to 12 years in
training and use standard depth bonsai pots. They are
amongst the most desirable and popular "finished"
size for most homes or offices.. At this stage, the trunks and roots are
very well established, growth is slowing,
a nice overall shape is established, and future
training could be
primarily light pruning of branch tip to keep growth
compact. From this
stage, there are three primary training strategies:
a) Leave it in the current container for
several more years and do light repotting every 4-6
years with the plant going back into the same pot.
This is the easiest care route requiring the least
bonsai skill. Continue fertilizing and light
trimming of the ends of the branches to keep the
tree compact and refining the shape. Generally
from the point the branch was last trimmed, allow 3
to 4 new leaves to develop and trim back to one or
two leaf positions if you want the bonsai to grow
out a bit larger. If you like the size,
prune back a bit harder for branches that are too
b) Advanced bonsai hobbyists would move this
bonsai into a shallower, smaller volume bonsai pot
(such as our 12" diameter x 1" deep saucer-pot) to
further slow the growth rate, to shift the visual emphasis to
the tree and away from the pot. A very few
would actually do more severe reduction pruning to
create a more impressive smaller bonsai. This takes
much more skill to properly fertilize and do more
frequent partial repottings. These two
strategies produce the
highest quality bonsai refinement results.
Our premium "private collection" trees are handled in
this manner. Old-timer repeat Fuku-Bonsai
customers who want smaller older trees trained to
highest standards are making private purchases from
a small number of "private collection" or older
"educational collection" bonsai. These are in
very limited quantities and are primarily available
to visitors to the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center. We
may have in larger quantities in the future and will one day list them in the Custom
Collection section. Please email for more
information if you're interested.
c) Advanced bonsai hobbyists will often want
to purchase a larger older bonsai but are limited
financially due to costs. The ideal situation is to
purchase the equivalent of a 9LS8 but already potted
into a larger 17LS8 pot. Fuku-Bonsai can
provide #17 Conversion Kits (listed in Giftlist
#3). Many prefer that Fuku-Bonsai do the
professional conversion and we once sold them as
"Entry-Level Custom Collection." They were
so popular that we almost never had current photos
of specific bonsai. As our inventory enlarged
and grew older, we are now offering these as "17LS8"
4. " 17LS8" in
17"x12"x2" oval pots priced at $400
plus shipping. These are the older end of the 9LS8
plants and generally 12 to 15 years in training.
In making this into a "model
category" we don't offer specific individual photos.
But it is far more likely that we can now keep these
items in stock. The will be available in
"Sumo," "Roots," "Dragon" stylings.
Although there is a range available, there is still
some leeway for us to select a tree toward your
preference styling without going through the time
and cost to send individual photos. Please
email to discuss prior to purchasing. We are
delighted to work with advanced hobbyists,
especially those who started with our Introductory
Workshop Package (IWP) or Premium Workshop Package (PWP)
and are now making public demonstrations and
teaching! These are great public presentation
demonstration trees if you allow them to grow wild
prior to a presentation. Because the essence
of the bonsai is already a high-quality bonsai,
at the end of the presentation, the odds are that
you will have an attractive commendable result!
5. CUSTOM COLLECTION in 17x12x2 oval pots (or
larger containers). While a percentage of
trees show in the Custom Collection Category are
older "17LS8" that have achieved more maturity, most
were developed outside of the "model standards" that
allow efficient larger scale production that are
higher-quality and great values. From the HUGE
inventory, we'll often set aside trees that may have
an interesting uncommon shape. These may go
into 10"x10"x2" half-flats or 18"x18"x2" full flats
to be sheared from time to time and to age.
From time to time, I may go through these choice
trees and will very heavily reduce them to enhance a
particular feature. In establishing a range of
non-standard training, we greatly increase the range
of styling to be in our oldest, largest Custom
Collection. From the start of the certified nursery
in 1973, a large number of trees have gone into the
"old plant bank" Some are allowed to grow wild
for several years before they are cut back hard.
The oldest trees are over 40 years in training and
increasingly we will be moving these into refinement
training and offering them in the Custom Collection
section. Large older trees are in 25"x15"x2"
rectangular plastic bonsai pots. Still larger
trees may be in 28" fiberglass oval trays just 1.5"
deep. Most of the Custom Collection are at least 20
years in training with the older ones being over 40
years in training. In addition to Sumo, Roots, and
Dragons, there's a growing number of "root
6. PREMIUM LARGE OLD PRIVATE & PUBLIC
COLLECTION BONSAI. The Fuku-Bonsai
certified nursery began in 1973 and from the start,
trees were trained from seeds and cutting on benches
in non-soil media with periodic certified nursery
inspections. This allows us to ship to all
parts of the United States. Our 1:10 Project (in
which pots are ten times wider than they are deep)
are great for smaller bonsai. But we also have the
large version that uses large training pots with the
largest being 32" diameter fiberglass pots just a
bit over 3" deep! Still larger bonsai are on
3', 4', 6' with our largest being 7' diameter
concrete discs mounted on revolving turntable
hardware. These are the "stars" of the Fuku-Bonsai
Cultural Center Exhibit Collection. The
collection is impressive but is getting too large
and some are being offered for sale. See additional
information below and the new informational file.
BASIC TRAINING CONCEPTS
Our logo designs
tend to follow Japanese, Chinese, and modern
traditions. How do you tell people that one
group of trees have short stout trunks with a
lot of branches? We decided that the Japanese
sumo warrior was the ideal symbol. Roots was
initially difficult but it turned out to be the
easiest. Hawaiian Dragons is our favorite and
the symbol of our family. This design took many
years to complete.
1. SUMO: Short
and stout; heavy trunks, multiple trunks, low
branches with heavy trunk-root buttressing.
These are favored by "traditional" bonsai
growers who are impressed with the large heavy
trunk-roots. All Hawaiian Lava Plantings
are SUMO so this is our basic original style.
2. ROOTS: Sumo
crown on tall elegant exposed roots. This was
our second major styling and is the most
popular of all Premium Potted Plants. Indoors, many consider the taller
root trees as the most attractive as the roots
are the distinctive feature of banyan bonsai.
Most are upright with some slanting.
Root-trained trees are also ideal for
root-over-rock-into-pot plantings. While it is
harder to untangle older trees, once untangled,
the roots can be guided into "root trail
crevasses" and more easily established in the
Twisty, turning, fun bonsai! These are the
picture of activity and are never boring! As
time permits, we are training more complex
combination Roots/Dragons and these are
increasingly popular with most sold before they
can mature into older Custom Collection.
A STATEMENT OF
COMMITMENT & PHILOSOPHY
The initial challenge is to train trees BEFORE
progressing into more advanced bonsai that
includes ROCK PLANTINGS, MULTIPLE-TREE GROUP
PLANTINGS, OR EVEN THE MOST DIFFICULT 360°
COMPLEX REVOLVING LANDSCAPES! To keep
high-potential bonsai prices affordable,
we produce larger quantities in the above three
basic concepts. The youngest, smallest
trees more closely follow basic concepts.
As trees age, we try to enlarge the range within
each styling category.
On a parallel track, over half of the nursery
holds plants being trained prior to being
offered as "4LS8 Premium Small Potted Bonsai" or
the other "model standards." The other
half is our "old plant bank" in which trees are
in a full range of "growing-on" training.
The HUGE variety in this section are not offered
for sale until they are shown in Custom
Collection when they are over 20 years old.
As time permits, larger rocks are being
sculptured and prepared and choice older trees
are selected to rock-plant to create
one-of-a-kind Custom Collection. They may
stay in the "old plant bank" for several more
years before they are fully established and
offered for sale. From the very beginning,
our dream was to create the highest standard
bonsai nursery that specialize in high-success
True Indoor Bonsai.
We want only highest potential plants and don't
want any "old junk plants!" So we
installed professional culling standards that
discarded any and all plants that did not meet
our "Fuku-Bonsai prepared bonsai stock"
standards by the time the trees are about 3
years old. It is cheap to discard trees at
that stage. As you review the progress and
development of trees as they progress through
the model categories, you will be able to
understand that our older, larger trees are
really our best values. Only the best
trees "graduate" into the next older larger
For those who want to learn how to train bonsai,
we offer the breakthrough INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
PACKAGE (IWP) that features 2" prepared bonsai
stock. With good growing conditions, they
may reach the standards of our 4LS8 in 2-3
years. Those who first took the IWP were
generally successful but repeat visitors
complained that it grows so slow as many did not
have ideal growing conditions.
They urged us to make available the PREMIUM
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE (PIWP) that
feature a larger, older, more developed 4"
prepared bonsai stock. Those who have completed
it have also been successful and they usually
achieve the standards of 7LS8 plants in just 1-2
years. They especially like the idea of
working with older Roots and Dragons and PIWP
are clearly the favorite of returning Fuku-Bonsai
Cultural Center visitors. They like working with
our staff and its often the high-light of their
Hawaiian vacation. It's great to have
family and three-generation workshops!
Fuku-Bonsai is committed to highest standards
and prompt, personalized service. We produce the
most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere
who can grow house plants. We are
committed to customer success but also to be the
best informational and bonsai resource for those
who want to learn and train their own bonsai.
We only offer dwarf schefflera because it is the
most durable and ideal tree for growing year
around in homes and offices throughout the
entire United States. It will grow at a
higher growth rate outdoors with modified care
when night temperatures are above 55°F.
Dwarf Schefflera is our specialty because it is
the best True Indoor Bonsai! It can be
training into more styles than any other tree
trained as bonsai. We are very confident
it will one day be the most popular American
Bonsai, simply because it will be more
successful with most people and it is not
necessary to be a highly skilled bonsai fanatic
to be successful! We produce the best
dwarf scheff in largest quantities. We are
committed to supply Introductory and Premium
Workshop Packages for those who want to learn
and offer discounted quantity prices for those
who are willing and able to teach others.
Myrtle and I have been privileged to pioneer
True Indoor Bonsai since 1962. As Fuku-Bonsai
enters a new era, we thank you and look forward
to it supplying the next generation with the
finest and best value True Indoor Bonsai!
Mahalo! ~~~David (email@example.com)
Premium Small Potted Bonsai -
$59.95 + shipping
These are in 5'x3'x2" rectangular plastic bonsai pots..
Ready for refinement into a small bonsai. Or
grow-on to create a medium size bonsai. Actual items shipped will vary as each of our plants are
individually trained. We have recently upgraded this
model item and trees are more mature and heavier. These
are still in limited supply and not in sufficient
quantities for corporate gift orders. We will ship best plants available.
(Sumo) These trees are 2-3 years older than the
prepared bonsai stock that are sent a the main component
of the Introductory Workshop Package (IWP)which is only
offer in sumo styling. The trunks are much
heavier, there may be multiple trunks, and there are
always several growth points to build your shape.
$59.95 + shipping
(Roots) Some will train the Introductory Workshop
Package (IWP) to convert the sumo to roots. These potted
bonsai are a few years older and already interesting and
attractive. All have several strong growth points
so these are high-potential young bonsai and are amongst
our most popular items.
4LS8-D (Dragon) Twisty-turny fun
bonsai. These are the basis for unique
non-traditional bonsai! As the innovator making these
available, we recommend that these be completely
restyled often and that after a few such efforts,
they will take on an increasingly more complex shape and
SMALL/MEDIUM POTTED BONSAI
$89.95 + shipping
These are in 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 2
1/2" rectangular pots that are mid-size between the
smaller 4LS8 and the larger 9LS8 model items and are
good values. This size helps to fill the gap between the 4LS8 and Custom
7LS8-S (Sumo) Compare the plants of this
category against the smaller younger 4LS8 and you'll
likely agree that this size represents good value!
The larger pot contains 3 to 4 times as much potting
media so there's a lot more growth and there's more
character and interest!
$89.95 + shipping
(Roots) Compare these with the smaller younger
4LS8-Roots and it's clear this size is also a good
value! Roots take a long time to thicken so these
are amongst the most popular, especially by those
who want to move into "root-over-rock-into-pot"
plantings. Well-placed branches will create a nice
$89.95 + shipping
7LS8-D (Dragon) These larger older dragons have an
additional layer of complexity and interest. By
potting at a different angle, retraining branches, and
rearranging roots, you'll understand why dragon bonsai
are popular and appreciated!
$89.95 + shipping
PREMIUM MEDIUM POTTED BONSAI $179.95 + shipping
These are in 8.5" x 6" x 2.5" heavier rectangular
pots and are popular with visitors to the Fuku-Bonsai
Cultural Center as they are nice size bonsai for
displaying in place of a flower arrangement.
These are ready for refinement into a nice medium bonsai. Or
use a #17 Conversion Kit to grow-on to a large
Custom Collection size.
9LS8-S (Sumo) Compare again these sumos with
the smaller younger 4LS8 and 7LS8 Sumos and you'll
understand why this size is so popular with visitors to
the Fuku-Bonsai Center who actually pick the specific
bonsai to ship to them after they arrive home from a
$179.95 + shipping
9LS8-R (Roots) We try for a range of root
styling. Some are more upright and others a bit
slanting. Some have roots flaring far from the trunk
like banyan trees. These are attractive for
growing indoors and the roots add a lot of interest!
$179.95 + shipping
9LS8-D (Dragon) Compare with
smaller younger dragons and you'll see how we add more
character and interest to dragon styling. These
are never boring!
$179.95 + shipping
(OOPS! Photo label is
9LS8-R, but should have been
ITEM: 17LS8 IN SUMO, ROOTS, AND DRAGON!
At one time we offered "Entry-level Custom Collection"
for those who wanted to create a larger bonsai. But it
was so popular that most of the time the specific plant
in the photo was quickly sold and we just did not have
time to keep replacing with new photos. When we
move the best of the oldest mature 9LS8 into the
17"x12"x2" oval pot, there is a lot of work done.
Generally we rearrange roots to eliminate crossing roots
that may have appeared since it was first potted.
We may go through and select some of the best branches
if there are too many --- but we try to always leave
extra branches so the new owner will have a chance to do
refinement if desired. Many like our trees as is, but some prefer to have more
spacing between branches and they still have that
option. It's always better to have "too many
branches" than "too few." It's a lot easier to
remove extra branches --- and harder to glue on if one
is needed! 17LS-8 trees are over 12 years old in training with a
lot of character. When moved up, they are very
carefully root-pruned and with the enlarged root system,
these trees start to grow vigorously and are ideal for
those who want to complete the training of a
high-potential larger bonsai.
17LS8-S (Sumo) Although the trees look
larger, the trees are about the same as the larger
9LS8 Sumos. But they are potted a bit higher and are
starting a rapid growth rate with new roots running over
the surface of the pot and new leaves larger due to the
faster growth rate. They are ideal for training
and will quickly increase character, interest and value!
$400 + shipping
17LS8-R (Roots) Larger Roots bonsai are very
attractive indoors and these are well on their way.
There's a lot of ideal branches to relatively quickly
form an attractive crown. Some like the idea of
extending the roots higher to form a more impressive
$400 + shipping
17LS8-D (Dragon) Our larger older dragons are
attractive and distinctive with exciting creative
potential! To create such dragons, training must
start very early. So customers really appreciate the
opportunity to work on trees that are already exciting!
$400 + shipping
The cream of our crop. Each specific plant is
individually photographed, described, and priced.
Please request more information or for
more Custom Collection information: go to
This section of our product line is steadily evolving.
For more current information, please contact David W. Fukumoto at
- PREMIUM LARGE
- & PUBIC
With Fuku-Bonsai recovering and
moving into a new era, we are raising working capital
funds by reducing the size of the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural
Centers exhibit collection that includes most of the
oldest, largest, and most famous Dwarf Schefflera in the
world. We pioneered TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™ SINCE 1962
and it is now the most successful gif bonsai for anyone,
anywhere you can grow house plants. The three above are
in 32" diameter fiberglass pots. We are able to
produce and ship larger trees in larger containers.
This clearly is an American bonsai innovation and these
old trees really belong in the best public and private
bonsai collections. We seek cultural
philanthropists who are willing and able to donate to get these into the
non-profit bonsai centers where they can be enjoyed by
more people and become teaching aids. Trees
include those over 40 years in training with top price
at $150,000. Fuku-Bonsai
will discount to be the co-donor. Please go to
www.fukubonsai.com/3a2c.html or email for more
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