INTRODUCING CUSTOM COLLECTION

            ALOHA!  AS WE RAISE WORKING CAPITAL TO INTRODUCE HAWAIIANITE WE WILL SELL SOME OF OUR OLDEST, LARGEST, AND BEST NEVER-BEFORE OFFERED BONSAI!  THIS 2018 CUSTOM COLLECTION MAHALO SALE WILL CONTINUE WITH NEW ITEMS TO BE ADDED FROM TIME TO TIME.

             2018 CUSTOM COLLECTION MAHALO SALE:     20% OFF LISTED PRICE AND FREE SHIPPING!

             TERMS OF SPECIAL CUSTOM COLLECTION MAHALO SALE:  1.  Please email to david.f@fukubonsai.com the Custom Collection ID#(s) to see if the items are available.  2) If available, email all shipping information including street address and a day phone number (requested by FedEx when shipping high-value plants or if it is necessary for us to call you). Specify whether to send you a PayPal Invoice,  that you'll forward a PayPal Payment to sales@fukubonsai.com , or will phone in your order to (808) 982-9880.  Please advise us if you've purchased our plants in the past and feel free to ask any questions that you may have. We want all customers to be successful!

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HOW ARE THE FINEST "NURSERY BONSAI" CREATED?             

              Fuku-Bonsai's TRUE INDOOR BONSAI are the most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants!  We've always focused upon creating the highest customer success and it starts with selecting Dwarf Schefflera as the most durable proven houseplant that is long-lived with ideal bonsai traits.  It can be trained into a greater range of styling than any other tree trained as bonsai.  Our overall training strategy is to produce the highest potential "prepared bonsai stock" with the lowest grades used in our smallest, youngest products including HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTINGS, POTTED BONSAI, and the INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE.  Higher grade prepared bonsai stock go into the larger product lines. As plants develop and mature, the best plants are selected, up-potted and offered as older or larger products. In this manner, our largest, oldest plants are also our best plants.

               CUSTOM COLLECTION has different ordering information and procedures. They are the "cream of our crop" and instead of "model items," these are specific bonsai with a "CC identification number" in the photo with descriptive details. Our oldest plants were grown from seeds or cuttings since the certified export bonsai nursery began in 1973 so our oldest are over 40 years in training.  Custom Collection Bonsai are our best values and considering the huge amount of skill, time, and effort that have gone into each of these trees,  they are really under-priced! 

WHAT IS A BONSAI TREE WORTH? 

               A significant factor influencing "bonsai value" is the expected lifespan and this is a major factor in tropical bonsai.  Some tropical bonsai trees appear to be very old, but in fact have relatively short life-spans.  A tree that will normally die in 50 years growing naturally may only live for 25 to 35 years as bonsai due to the stresses of training.  Examples are bushes like gardenias or azaleas.

               In contrast, my first Schefflera bonsai in training since 1962 is growing vigorously and shows no sign of aging!  Our oldest Dwarf Scheffleras from the early 1970's are also growing vigorously and showing no signs of decline due to age. Fuku-Bonsai is a certified nursery that ships to all parts of the United States via FedEx with satisfaction and safe arrival guaranteed.  We put as much efforts into our packing and shipping as we do in growing highest-potential premium bonsai and our system gets many compliments.

               Because our TRUE INDOOR BONSAI are more durable and easier to grow by more people,  I consider them more appropriate and more valuable than an ancient collected tree dug from the mountains that is already old. That tree may be closer to it's maximum life expectancy and/or require a high amount of expertise to be successfully. Very early we committed to growing and selling only the most durable plant variety that can be successfully grown by the most people.  We grow them in huge quantities and have developed professional culling techniques that eliminate weak trees that cannot survive our initial drastic training methods. While young seedlings,  we throw out trees with inferior characteristics.  There really is no secret to creating high-quality, high-potential bonsai. 

               First the tree must be strong and healthy, be of the right plant variety, and have character, interest, and a shallow compact root system within one inch of the soil line.  Without these qualities, it's not possible to create a high quality small bonsai that will increase in value. If you start with a plant grown in a landscape nursery that is already in a gallon pot,  the odds are that the tree is planted straight up in the middle of the pot with no surface roots showing. The trunk may be almost 1/2" thick and already too thick to train.  It has the potential to be a bonsai interpretation of "a telephone pole in the middle of a pasture!" 

               Train high-quality small bonsai and "graduate" the best to be medium bonsai.  Continue training and select the best medium bonsai to become larger bonsai.  The best larger older trees become our Custom Collection!  We grow larger quantities of highest quality of the ideal most successful houseplant that can be grown by the most people.  So although they are the highest value available anywhere,  we are able to keep our costs down to offer them at very attractive prices. 

               WHAT IS A BONSAI WORTH?    IS A BONSAI FIFTEEN YEARS IN TRAINING WORTH WHAT YOU EARN FOR FIFTEEN HOURS OF WORK?  If so you'll be pleased with the prices of our Custom Collection Bonsai!  Our youngest Custom Collection is now over 15 years in training.  With such a high-quality start, trees that are up-potting into larger 17x12x2 plastic oval pots begin a remarkable growth surge. With a larger root system, the growth rate increases, trunks and branches thicken, and often there is a dramatic increase in the number of free-falling aerial roots that are a major feature of Banyan Bonsai! 

                   Please email me personally if you're interested in any of them and I'll first confirm if a specific bonsai is available or can photograph another specific tree if you'll give me your general styling preference and a budget range.  I need to also know that you can handle the tree.  If you have not yet grown any of our trees,  I would prefer that you grow younger trees for six months or more before considering a custom collection.  Better yet, consider joining our study groups!

         ~~~David W. Fukumoto, president and founder, Fuku-Bonsai  (david.f@fukubonsai.com)

 

INTRODUCING & UPDATING
FUKU-BONSAI'S CUSTOM COLLECTION!

           Most of Fuku-Bonsai's plant inventory is in the active "growing-on" stage in the nursery.  We maintain a salable inventory of "model items" that meet or exceed the model written and photo standards that are sold at the same item price.  These include four sizes of Hawaiian Lava Plantings.  Premium potted bonsai are sold at 4LL8,  7LS8, 9RLS8, and the new 17LS8 series with Sumo, Roots, and Dragon styling in each range. Because these are priced based upon the lower end of each product series,  customers receive products that sometimes greatly exceed our written and photo standards.  Custom Collection trees are at least 15 years in training with oldest trees from when the certified nursery began in 1973.

           Only a small percentage of trees available for sale at the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center are shown on the website.  We are continually working on "finishing and refining" older plants in the nursery.  As Custom Collection sales display space becomes available,  plants in a range of prices are placed into the Custom Collection display.  But we don't usually photograph them and post them on the website as this is very time consuming.  So if you don't see a tree you like, please send an inquiry and specify what you want, the style, size, and your budget. 

            The permanent Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center display and educational exhibit collection is being selected and being reduced to a smaller number will be displayed more effectively and include educational exhibits.  So there will be a number of very high quality plants available.  These highest quality trees have higher prices and some have appearing in national and international bonsai magazines.  So Custom Collection will also include highest quality medium size bonsai in the future too.

WHAT IS THE COMMON SENSE WAY TO PURCHASE HIGH QUALITY BONSAI?

              Think about it.  How do you create a bonsai nursery selling old, mature, highest quality bonsai?  When I began, bonsai books said that only one plant in 1,000 trees had the potential to become a good bonsai.  So from the start, I followed the strategy of growing thousands so I would eventually have a few good bonsai. I've come to the conclusion that the books were wrong and simply growing quantity for many years only assures having quantities of old poor quality plants! 

              If you intend to purchase an expensive tree,  you really should know the grower,  have his or her contact information, and a commitment for long-term assistance.  There really can be no guarantees; but if you can't even contact the person who grew it, you are accepting an extraordinary amount of risk!  Growing any bonsai requires skill and discipline. If a buyer runs into problems, the person most able to assist is the person who grew the bonsai! So the original grower is your long-term lifeline and contact should be established before you consider any purchase.  Use common sense!  Our True Indoor Bonsai have the greatest adjustment abilities. Trees grown in Hawaii at Fuku-Bonsai have grown successfully in all parts of the United States.  We'll help and am just an email away!

CONCLUSION

                   As interest in our Advanced Workshops increased,  the demonstration plantings increased our Custom Collection inventory. The writing of articles for our monthly email newsletter also increases the Custom Collection inventory.  As we continue to research, we are creating new designs and styling including taller rock-planted and epiphytic bonsai to be offered in the future.

                  These older mature True Indoor Bonsai require the same growing conditions and care as Fuku-Bonsai's Hawaiian Lava Plantings and Premium Potted Bonsai.  So if you have not had problems growing our houseplant bonsai,  you'll likely be equally successful growing our Custom Collection! Here's a general introduction of what is available and the price ranges.  Please check out the specific descriptions and email if there are questions or if you have a specific styling and price in mind.

 

SUMO!   

          These are all in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots that are about 15 years in training. At this stage of training, we allow the promising branches to overgrow to build stronger roots and heavier trunks and branches. When pruned they will develop into an increasingly nice crown.  Priced in the $400+ range + shipping.

 

SUMO!  Mid-level

          These are all in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots that are about 12 to 16 years in training. We place greatest emphasis on creating the roots, trunks, and major branches and at mid-level,  the basic branches are well positioned and roots, trunks and branches are heavier and secondary branches are more established. Priced between $750 to $900 +  shipping.

 

 

SUMO!  Mature

          Those in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots that are 16 or more years in training and are priced from $900 and up +  shipping.  Older larger plants are in 25"x15"x2" rectangle plastic bonsai pots.    

 

 

          "SUMO" has been our oldest styling concept as these were trained for incorporation into our popular Hawaiian Lava Plantings.  Initially we could only train medium and large sizes and plants were already pre-trained when rock planted.  The plants in this styling concept are upright banyan shapes with heavy surface roots, a buttressing trunk base, multiple trunks, and strong lower branches.

            *** Go to SUMO CUSTOM COLLECTION (Individual photos and prices)

 

 

ROOTS Entry-level (17LS8-R)

          These are all in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots that are about 8 to 12 years in training. At this stage of training, we allow the promising branches to overgrow to build stronger roots and heavier trunks and branches. When pruned they will develop into an increasingly nice crown.  Priced in the $400 to $600 range +  shipping.

 

 

ROOTSMid-level

          These are all in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots that are about 12 to 16 years in training. We place greatest emphasis on creating the roots, trunks, and major branches and at mid-level,  the basic branches are well positioned and roots, trunks and branches are heavier and secondary branches are more established. Priced between $750 to $900 +  shipping.

 

 

ROOTSMature

          Those in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots that are 16 or more years in training and are priced from $900 and up +  shipping.  Older larger plants are in 25"x15"x2" rectangle plastic bonsai pots.    

 

 

        "ROOTS" is our second oldest styling concept and has become our most popular.  We believe we can grow these more successfully due to our ideal climate as it is more difficult to get heavier root development when growing indoors in cooler climates.  In nature, a bird may eat the fruit and it passes through and emerges as a "fertilizer-encased-seed."  "Roots" are an interpretation of trees that develop when these seeds germinate and grow as epiphytes high in the tree.  As roots grow down and take root in the ground, it may strangle the host tree which dies and rots away and a tall crown develops atop long exposed roots.  This styling is especially attractive indoors as the roots are very attractively displayed.

        *** Go to ROOTS CUSTOM COLLECTION (individually photoed and priced)

 

HAWAIIAN DRAGONS!   Entry-level (17LS8-D)

          These are all in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots that are about 8 to 12 years in training. At this stage of training, we allow the promising branches to overgrow to build stronger roots and heavier trunks and branches. When pruned they will develop into an increasingly nice crown.  Priced in the $400 to $600 range +  shipping.

          (NOTE:  The quality now greatly exceed the photo standards as we have been growing Hawaiian Dragons now for over 20 years.  See specific older Hawaiian Dragons in the Custom Collection section)

 

        "HAWAIIAN DRAGONS" are our most innovative styling concept and clearly the most difficult and challenging!  With the exception of our original trial plants,  there's just a limited supply of entry-level items.  It may be that because I demonstrate and discuss Advanced Hawaiian Dragons, some of those I do are purchased at the completion of their workshop.  Most of our trials are to create "bottom dragon" features and these take longer to become established and many will be offered in the future in the Mid-Level or Mature range.

        *** Go to HAWAIIAN DRAGONS CUSTOM COLLECTION (individually photoed and priced)  

 

ROOT-OVER-ROCK

    These are all in 17"x12"x2" oval plastic pots. They  are in a wider range, generally older and higher priced. Initially roots covered much of the rock. Later as we improved,  we learned to position the roots more effectively and banyan-like with more of the rock showing.

 

         "ROOT-OVER-ROCK" are our newest CUSTOM COLLECTION category and they are produced in very limited quantities!  The ones being offered were experimental trees as we As time permits,  we will create more. There are basically two types of rock plantings.  Those that are planting in the rock are in our Hawaiian Lava Planting section.  These grow slowly and are ideal for easy care gifts.  Generally, the rock serves as a "pot" which is placed on a layer of gravel in a display container.  "Root-over-rock" usually starts with a potted "roots" bonsai that has roots lengthened prior to planting it over taller vertically oriented rocks.  Because the roots are already long when rock planted, the tree is easier to establish and is more attractive. Growth is faster and the tree is very trainable. From time to time it is repotted like potted bonsai and the tree continually improves.

         *** Go to ROOT-OVER-ROCK CUSTOM COLLECTION (individually photoed and priced)

 

OLDEST LARGEST PUBLIC COLLECTION BONSAI AVAILABLE FOR SALE!

 

 

              Fuku-Bonsai's TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™ represents a major American bonsai innovation that makes an easy-care popular form of bonsai for those not able to grow the traditional temperate climate outdoor bonsai.  Our tropical Dwarf Schefflera will grow indoors in homes and offices throughout the year as well as outdoors whenever night temperatures are above 55F.  As such, Dwarf Schefflera bonsai will one day become the most popular American Bonsai!

               Fuku-Bonsai is the world leader and pioneered True Indoor Bonsai since 1962.  We will be offering for sale some of the original and oldest trees grown under certified standards since 1973.  These oldest largest trees really belong in public bonsai collections where they can be enjoyed by more people --- especially where they are willing and able to teach True Indoor Bonsai using our innovative workshop packages. 

               The three top photos show various sides of an old tree in a large 32" diameter fiberglass bonsai pot mounted on a turntable to enjoy all sides.  Priced at $150,000.  A second Rainforest Banyan  and a large rock-planted bonsai, also in 32" diameter pots are also available as well as a large oldest exposed root bonsai. 

              We seek a culture philanthropist willing and able to donate these exceptional bonsai to major public bonsai collections.  If purchased for this purpose,  Fuku-Bonsai will make a major discount to be the co-donor as well as a resource to assist in teaching True Indoor Bonsai.  For more information, please contact David W. Fukumoto at david.f@fukubonsai.com 

 

         Custom Collection are all one of a kind and the photos above give you an idea of the price and styling range.  If you go through the various Custom Collection and don't see what you want, please email me with a description and price range and I'll check the inventory that was not photographed.  It is likely that if I find one that fits your specifications and work on it,  it would not be ready for shipping right away.  ~~~David (david.f@fukubonsai.com)

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