MICHAEL S. IMAINO
President
 
EDISON YADAO
Vice-President
 
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation MPBF@fukubonsai.com
___________
 
Journal Editor
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
President, Fuku-Bonsai Inc.
(Kurtistown, Hawaii)
 
Journal Contributing Editors
 
JERRY MEISLIK
Author, bonsai instructor
and Ficus (Fig) authority
(Whitefish, Montana)
RYAN CHANG
Leader of Study Groups
(Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii)
ryan_a_chang@msn.com
JOHN "JAY" BORYCZKO
"In & Out" specialist
(Farmington Hills, Michigan
Bonsaijay@outlook.com
 
 
Journal Contributing Writers
 
RON DAVIS
(Bozeman, Montana)
 
RUSS MANN
(Polson, Montana) rmann.n.az@gmail.com
 
TRAVIS FARGHER
(Long Beach, California)
ROB ANDERSEN
(Pleasant View, Utah)
 
BURTON FLAKE
(Virginia / Bahrain)
 
JOSHUA ROWSON
(Brooklyn, New York)
 
PAUL BAKERMAN
(Phoenix, Arizona)
 
GEORGE McLEAN
(Kalispell, Montana)
CAROL TINGLEY
(Apex, North Carolina)
 
ORA SCOTT
(Huntsville, Alabama)
 
THOMAS MATKEY
(Glendora, California)
 
DAVID RAIKOW
(Volcano, Hawaii)
Aloha & welcome to the 8th issue of our second year as we build a
national and international Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai Community!

ISSUE #20. AUGUST 2014
 
             ALOHA & WOW!   July was a really hectic month and this is the largest ever issue of the Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai!  Following a weird start, when the weather settled done there was a huge amount of bonsai activity. Fuku-Bonsai is selecting our permanent collection that includes memorial bonsai in the Hawaii State Bonsai Repository. We've completed juniper bonsai per article.
 
             With junipers on our mind the frustration and anger level peaked and resulted in our lead article STOP INDOOR BONSAI FRAUD. We need to speak up strongly and challenge everyone in the bonsai and general community to stop participating and condoning this fraud.  It has really gotten bad when reputable companies like Google promote junipers as "indoor bonsai."  Shouldn't every seller of bonsai --- including bonsai clubs and hobbyists provide detailed cultural information and the seller's contact information so the beginner can get help?  Can't we stop this fraud?
 
            A year long trial "IDEAS FOR SUCCESS" has generated an option that can improve  the already highest success of our Hawaiian Lava Plantings while improving creative display, and saving a few dollars.  But although the shallow saucers are not needed, our screened porous gravel is ideal so the new option includes more of it!  Check it out! Many of our oldest customers don't have problems keeping their plants healthy,  using the Conversion Kits to get stronger growth, but need a bit of help to prune. There's a nice article that shows how they did it.
 
           There's a pair of articles on why Dwarf Schefflera can be trained into more styles than any other tree used for bonsai.  But Jerry Meislik shares with us one of the most innovative articles on training an amazing epiphyte bonsai.  Ryan shows his growing skill in training a Dwarf Scheff mini-bonsai.  His and my articles on Chinese Box Orange combine to explain how to train this unique plant.  Although it's a slow growing tree, the principles are applicable to train other trees as bonsai.
 
            Jay uses Dwarf Scheff and a nice little dwarf false cypress to illustrate his saikei primer that uses multiple rocks and trees that are great for those who want to go into the next area of bonsai.    In this issue, we welcome Thomas Matkey of California and David Raikow of Volcano on the Big Island as they graduate from the Beginning Study Group are start seeking new challenges.
 
~~~David, Journal editor (david.f@fukubonsai.com)
Fuku-Bonsai president & founder
 
          JOURNAL OF TROPICAL & TRUE INDOOR BONSAI AUGUST SPECIAL: 10% OFF ALL HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTING ORDERS MADE IN THE MONTH OF August 2014!   We are out of some saucers so improvise and save a little while we also explore alternatives.  Fuku-Bonsai is the international pioneer of True Indoor Bonsai™ . . . the growing of proven durable houseplants as bonsai . . . the most successful form of bonsai that are ideal to give as gifts.
STOP INDOOR BONSAI FRAUD
         INDOOR BONSAI FRAUD has been present even as bonsai was becoming known! It continues today and I request everyone who reads this to help stop "INDOOR BONSAI" fraud.
         FUKU-BONSAI CULTURAL CENTER INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK OR GROUP WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAYS!  As we continue our recovery we are expanding our activities to enlarge and enhance the creation of a Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai community. This article provides insights into the post-Fukumoto Fuku-Bonsai future and we invite you to join us!   
at lower cost, with extra gravel, but no saucer! For a full year we've run trials on a "semi-terrarium" idea.  photoed above. We introduced the idea and posted an update at www.fukubonsai.com/2b2a8.html  Customers like the option of selecting their own container, saving a little, but like more of our porous gravel. So now their is that option!
HOORAY FOR AINES & RC-CONNECTICUT
            Here are TWO stories of old customers who have no problem keeping plants healthy but a bit afraid to prune.  Following basic common sense procedures, both have learned the basic concepts. 
LESSON 27A: CURATING REPOSITORY JUNIPERS 
         This is Part II and shows how we addressed a critical challenge of an overgrown saikei.  It ties in with Jay's saikei articles and tells of our Hawaii State Bonsai Repository that includes memorial bonsai in the public domain with oversight by the 501(3)(c) Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation. 
ROCK PILE BONSAI
         You can create more styles with Dwarf Schefflera than any other plant trained as bonsai.  It all depends on being able to create unique stock --- then train it in a non-traditional manner.  This is the story of one such unique bonsai in training.

 

LESSON 26:  ULTRA-ROOTS
         One way to break away from the crowd is to do what others do, but to do it longer, wider, or using a technique in a more extreme manner.  This tree was being a nice roots and it was kicked up a notch to one day be a traffic stopper!
EPIPHYTE CREATION WITH FIGS  by Jerry Meislik
          This article describes the remarkable creation of a epiphytic style fig in Jerry's collection. The process was started about 2004, making the tree currently about 10 years old.
"LITTLE LION" (Mini-Bonsai) by Ryan Chang
          The lead photo shows the bottom of the plastic saucer. I drilled holes to create a well drained pot. I plan to use regular body media because I want to thicken the roots as much as I can. At the same time, I will allow branches to grow and will control the growth by removing the bigger older leaves.
"A SCENT IN THE WIND" by Ryan Chang
           I'm applying what I've learned to other species. This is a story of my Chinese Box Orange (Severinia buxifolia). The lead photo shows what's necessary; bonsai wire to style the foliage, paper wire t hold down the tree, small shears and of course the media which is not shown.
LESSON 28:  CHINESE BOX ORANGE
            This article compliments the above article by Ryan and together tells of the effective way to train this unusual plant.  The techniques can be applied to other trees to train bonsai-penjing.
SAIKEI RELOADED - PART ONE  by Jay Boryczko
             Jay returns to explaining saikei, but this time starts at the beginning with some basic concepts and simple arrangements.  Then he jumps way ahead and did a nice complex arrangement.  He makes it look simple!
 
BEGINNER IWP SUMMARY & EVALUATION  by Thomas Matkey
            Thomas is the newest graduate of the Beginner Study Group and has put together a summary and evaluation.  He joins us as a contributing writer with some interesting projects and trials already started for future reports.
INTRODUCING DAVID RAIKOW
            Imagine the progress that could be made if Ryan Chang and Jay Boryczko lived nearby, could drop in, get questions answered, and pick out special trees for their next project. That's why I'm excited to introduce David Raikow who first visited us and took a workshop led by Edison on July 12, 2014
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IWP #4 ROOT-OVER-ROCK by David Raikow & David F.
             We switched.  I worked the plant and explained while David took photos and notes. I cropped, selected photos and David provided the captions.  I learned a lot and think he learned a little too.  Hope this is the first of many collaborations.  You'll invited to join us --- and visit us too!