DWARF SCHEFFLERA

        This is Fuku-Bonsai's specialty and this general introductory page provides a lot of information as to why it is the singular outstanding tree to give as a gift bonsai.  There's cultural information and at the bottom is a link to the Fuku-Bonsai store for ordering Dwarf Schefflera bonsai to be FedExed to all parts of the United State with satisfaction and safe arrival guaranteed. 

          Fuku-Bonsai  has the oldest Dwarf Schefflera bonsai in the world.  It was introduced into Hawaii in the early 1970's and from the start we began training them as bonsai! Hawaii's certified export nurseries did such a successful introduction that in the trade, the plant is known as the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree.  Much of the remainder of this website is about Dwarf Schefflera and how to train this outstanding tree.  Significant facts:

 
   ●     Dwarf Schefflera is the most durable and most popular low-light houseplant.  If you can grow any houseplants Dwarf Schefflera will likely grow well for you once you understand the special cultural requirements.  It's the most successful gift bonsai!

   ●     Dwarf Schefflera has ideal bonsai traits with outstanding trunks, branching, and roots so it is the ideal indoor houseplant bonsai.  Dwarf Schefflera bonsai are superior to ficus bonsai as it develops more character, needs a lot less light, grows more vigorously, and is easier care.  They are very suitable for beginners, but can also be very challenging for advanced bonsai hobbyists!

   ●     Dwarf Schefflera are long-lived plants that are faster growing than other trees grown as bonsai! Generally, trees that develop quickly have a short natural lifespan and also die quickly.  Dwarf Schefflera seems to be an exception and our oldest bonsai show no signs of "old age" die-back or other symptoms.

   ●     Dwarf Schefflera will grow year around indoors but also outdoors when night temperatures are above 55F.  They will grow and develop faster with strong supplemental lights indoors but grow and develop still faster outdoors in the tropics or in warmer seasons.  Watering and fertilizing must be adjusted by those using outdoor accelerated growth techniques.

   ●     Dwarf Schefflera can be trained into more styles than any other tree grown as bonsai! They are natural epiphytes (plants that grow on other trees) so they are drought-resistant and have exceptional root systems that are the key to  successfully creating banyan bonsai and rock planted bonsai.  The unique root systems are featured in Fuku-Bonsai True Indoor Bonsai.

   ●     Dwarf Schefflera can be used to create mini to large masterpiece quality bonsai! With all these unique characteristics,  it became our specialty and we grow more highest quality Dwarf Schefflera bonsai than anyone else.  We also are willing and able to teach more than anyone else.  Dwarf Schefflera will one day be the most popular bonsai in the United States because most of those who have not been successful in growing other trees as bonsai can and will be successful with Dwarf Schefflera.  We believe it is the only bonsai that should ethically be used as gift bonsai to those without bonsai skills.  We will continue efforts to make our trees "customer-proof" and are committed to education.  Here are some of our Dwarf Schefflera bonsai.

               

             

               

                  

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           The above photos show just a portion of our Dwarf Schefflera collection to give you a sampling of what is possible with this tree!  The key to obtaining exceptional results is to start with trees that already have a lot of lower trunk character and a complex shallow root system within one inch of the soil line. This is the most difficult challenge in bonsai and training must begin very early and our youngest plants offered are already a minimum of three to five years in training.  ALL Fuku-Bonsai prepared bonsai stock meet this criteria and so our customers and members of our study groups start with high-potential plants.  We are not the cheapest, but we are committed to be the best!  Dwarf Schefflera is the ideal True Indoor Bonsai!

DWARF SCHEFFLERA GIFT BONSAI
GENERAL CULTURAL INFORMATION

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 We first offered it in 1980 in HM-8 medium and HL-8 large size lava plantings and later as #8LS-8 potted Living Sculpture. In 1997 we introduced dwarf schefflera in small and desk sizes. When new dwarf schefflera products are first introduced, the photos show plants in the early stages. Products currently being shipped greatly exceed the quality and development of the plants in the sales photos.

               The following cultural information is specifically for those receiving gift bonsai who will be growing Dwarf Schefflera bonsai indoors in homes and offices throughout the year.  Extensive detailed recommendations for growing Dwarf Schefflera bonsai outdoors whenever night temperatures are over 55F are in the training sections of this website.

               WATER & MOISTURE Upon receiving your bonsai and once per week,  saturate the entire rock planting under water for at least 30 minutes. This method of saturation is the optimum proven method as simply pouring water over the rock or into the pot will not thoroughly saturate every portion. As the air bubbles out, water is rushing in. When removing from the water, tilt and allow the water to stream out.  When it starts dripping, place it on DRY gravel. 

               IT'S THIS WEEKLY 100% WATER AND AIR EXCHANGE THAT KEEPS THE PLANT HEALTHY.   When grown properly, you will see white root tips which means all is well.  Tuck any long roots under the rock and allow it to build to a pad of roots under the rock.  Once that is built,  you can see new white root tips easily and can trim the root pad safely.  Black or rotting roots usually mean the plant is being over-watered. Once roots rot and die, the trunk becomes soft and you can peel off the bark on the  trunk even though some leaves may still be green!  DO NOT OVERWATER!  But if you see the trunk developing tiny vertical creases,  you may be underwatering! 

                Potted plants should sit in water as deep as the rim of the pot and the water allowed to enter through the drain holes. Leave it in the water for about 30 minutes or so to assure that all media in the pot is totally saturated. Notice how heavy it is right after it's been watered. Towards the end of the week, place the center of your open palm firmly against the media surface. If it feels wet, wait a day or two before watering. Water when it feels slightly cool but before it feels warm-dry. Notice how light the plant is when it needs water. In a short time, you'll know when to water just by picking up the plant!  For those in hard water areas,  distilled (or reverse osmosis)  water is recommended to avoid the rock or pot turning white from alkaline deposits.  Excess water can be reused at the next watering. 

               LIGHT REQUIREMENTS.  This is a proven durable houseplant.  It can survive for a long while in lower light conditions, but will become weaker and weaker and will eventually die if it's too dark.  The more light the better!  If your light levels are poor, consider setting up an optimum high-light area on a window sill and have several plants.  Rotate plants into the low light area. Light is the determining factor for success in training Dwarf Schefflera bonsai.  Some are satisfied and happy if the tree just survives.  At this level of expectation, almost any area in homes or offices that you can comfortably read will likely be okay.  But best long-term results will be on a window sill.  Growth will improve with supplemental light.

                For optimum bonsai training and development,  the more light the better.  Our most advanced study group members are moving toward strong metal halide lights for wintering over trees during cold seasons.  Once night temperatures exceed 55F,  plants are moved outdoors into semi-shade and as weather warms, dwarf schefflera develops at the fastest rate.  Fuku-Bonsai's Hawaii location is considered ideal and plants are grown outdoors under shade cloth with most day temperatures between 70F - 90F.  Our coldest night temperature is 55F for a few nights per year.  But on those days, temperature rise to the 70's by afternoon.  With skill and special heating and lighting,  advanced bonsai hobbyists are able to equal or surpass our growth rate even though they live in the northern states. They have an advantage in having relatively few plants that they can give a lot of attention while we grow millions of trees! 

                TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY & OPTIMUM GROWTH.  Think of Fuku-Bonsai True Indoor Bonsai as transplanted tropical Hawaiians used to warm weather (70F to 85F), bright sunny days, and a lot of moisture in the air. The closer that you can come to duplicating these conditions, the better your growth.  In cold climates or cool weather, be sure the plants are not in an area getting icy blasts or that the buildings are heated at night and over the weekends.  In very dry areas, to increase humidity, consider using a baking pan filled with clean gravel or pebbles. Keep water in the pan below the top of the gravel and place the plant on the gravel. Dwarf Schefflera loves humidity and the more humidity you can provide, the more aerial roots!

                FERTILIZING.   Do not fertilized for the first few months! Plants need time to adjust to their new homes and indoor plants grow at only a fraction of the rate as outdoors because of lower light levels. If you use outdoor plant fertilizer, you'll burn the roots and kill the indoor bonsai! We now recommend NUTRIENT GRANULES,  a high phosphorus, low nitrogen extremely slow release on-demand fertilizer.  It is unique and we include a small packet with every plant we ship.

                There really are no bonsai secrets. The plant must be suitable for the environment you can provide. Styling is suggested by the plant's character. Progress depends upon the quality of growing conditions. For greatest bonsai success, create optimum growing conditions.

                 FUKU-BONSAI STRIVES FOR THE HIGHEST CUSTOMER OR GIFT RECIPIENT SUCCESS.  Please read the information sent with each plant and email or phone (808) 982-9880 if you have questions. If you suspect problems,  take good clear photos to show overall,  and a close up of the trunk, branches, and roots.  If a rock planting, especially show the roots that are outside and under the rock. Email to me at david.f@fukubonsai.com and I'll try to help.  

                  ~~~David W. Fukumoto,  president and founder, Fuku-Bonsai

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