MICHAEL S. IMAINO
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
President, Fuku-Bonsai Inc.
- Journal Contributing
- JERRY MEISLIK
- Author, bonsai instructor
- and Ficus (Fig) authority
- (Whitefish, Montana)
- RYAN CHANG
- Leader of Study Groups
- (Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii)
- JOHN "JAY" BORYCZKO
- "In & Out" specialist
- (Farmington Hills,
- Journal Contributing
- RON DAVIS
- (Bozeman, Montana)
- RUSS MANN
- (Polson, Montana)
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
HOORAY FOR AINES
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
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
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
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
- 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!
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
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