|ALOHA & MAHALO!
After 22 years, I am humbled, pleased and proud to report
that our epic battle for survival is almost over. With
the help of a 2010 USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant,
Fuku-Bonsai nursery is largely rebuilt and we are again
committed and growing for the future!
is not fair. Most companies hit with a $30+ million loss
would disappear and I still do not fully understand how we
We had a lot of help from friends, stockholders, associates,
and the local and bonsai community. Huge credit goes to our
loyal repeat customers and; on behalf of everyone associated
with Fuku-Bonsai, I thank you!
After many years of computer problems, I'm delighted we can
issues of the FBnews. It's great to receive emails from old
friends and customers and also new subscribers.
I am most proud that we retained our values and standards and
actually improved products during the crisis. Now, with
adequate bench space, we are potting up and properly spacing
a full range of trees. We continue trials seeking
improved methods to grow superior products for greater
customer success. In looking back to when we began,
bonsai was almost impossibly difficult and traditional
outdoor bonsai was only for the elite and fanatics.
Fuku-Bonsai changed that. Our TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™ are now
the most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can
FUKU-BONSAI IS COMMITTED
TO CUSTOMER SUCCESS!
There really are no secrets.
You need to understand how and why character develops over
the years, then replicate nature for a lot of years!
The rules of success are simple and logical. Start
with the tree that can thrive for you in your specific
environment, obtain as much character as possible to
inspire a vision of a beautiful future, then develop the
discipline and the nurturing spirit so the tree will grow
vigorously in a mutually dependent relationship!
Dwarf Schefflera is the most durable, ideal houseplant
bonsai. It can be trained into more shapes than any
other plant and Fuku-Bonsai has become the premier source of
younger prepared bonsai stock, semi-trained bonsai, and
older specimen custom collection trees. Each year we
learn more. Our website contains the most educational
material and this will continue to expand.
Our current Fuku-Bonsai 1:10 Project creates high-potential
beautiful trees in very shallow containers. I thought
it would be a worthy challenge to train our staff and
invited Ron Davis of Montana to research alongside of us. We
feature his reports in this issue and invite those who are
already successful in growing our plants to join the
Fuku-Bonsai Study Group to also be a part of this project.
We are making major breakthroughs in all three styling
concepts: "SUMO," "ROOTS," and "HAWAIIAN
DRAGONS" as well as the corollary applications.
BONSAI IS AT A HISTORIC
Whereas traditional outdoor Japanese Bonsai was the result
of the unique Japanese cultural character of the past, even
the modern Japanese generation struggle to acquire the
exacting skills and maintain the extraordinary level of
discipline. We were part of the international bonsai
movement in the 1970's to 1990's when bonsai popularity
peaked with an explosion of new influences as the World War
II generation passed the bonsai torch to us.
Fuku-Bonsai continues to pioneer TRUE INDOOR BONSAI and
great strides have been made since our 1962 roots. At
a time of sharply rising costs and bonsai nurseries closing,
we are holding our prices and recommitting to expand
into the future. We are refining our concepts,
training our successor team and invite you to join us.
Fuku-Bonsai is beginning a new era with a greater emphasis
on education and providing exceptional high-potential plants
as part of workshop packages, as gifts, or as specimen
bonsai. While the Hawaiian Lava Plantings make great
easy-care successful gifts for anyone, anywhere who can grow
houseplants, the Potted Bonsai are improving and great
for anyone who wants faster growth to train bonsai.
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE (BONSAI WORKSHOP I)
is the most economical way to start.. If you really want to
learn to grow bonsai (or even to teach bonsai), the
Introductory Workshop Package is ideal and quantity
discounts and teacher assistance are available. An
reprint of a published article shows how the package was
effectively used at Fuku-Bonsai with a mixed group that
included 5 to 10 year olds.
BONSAI WORKSHOP II introduced in the past year takes a
larger, older 4LL8 Living Lovable Potted Bonsai and #8
Conversion Kit and moves it up to become a nice medium size
bonsai that will develop into something like our 8LS8 Living
Sculpture. In this issue there are three articles that
show Sumo, Roots, and Hawaiian Dragons. We have a more
challenging shallow saucer-pot option available and this
issue includes reports by Ron Davis who is working with us!
BONSAI WORKSHOP III is available and takes a larger older
8LS8 Living Sculpture Potted Bonsai and a #17 Conversion Kit
and moves it up to become a larger bonsai that will develop
into something like our 17LS8 or Custom Collection.
We'll have photo-articles of this in the next FBnews
issue. This is the most popular workshop at the Fuku-Bonsai
Cultural Center for those who have succeeded in growing our
plants vigorously for a few years. You'll get
personalized attention and assistance. Visitors often write
back that it was the highlight of their trip to the Big
Island of Hawaii. If you write ahead, I'll try to be
here and assist.
I thank you for your support through the years
and welcome to those who just learned of us. All best
wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season and a great 2012!
~~~David W. Fukumoto, president & founder