2013 MAHALO YEAR-END SALE!
10% OFF ON ALL ITEMS ON TOTAL ORDER!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MICHAEL S. IMAINO
President
 
EDISON YADAO
Vice-President
 
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation MPBF@fukubonsai.com
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Journal Editor
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
President, Fuku-Bonsai Inc.
(Kurtistown, Hawaii)

 

Journal Contributing Editors
JERRY MEISLIK
Author, bonsai instructor
(Whitefish, Montana)
RYAN CHANG
Leader of Study Groups
(Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii)
ryan_a_chang@msn.com
 
 
 
Journal Contributing Writers
 
RON DAVIS
(Bozeman, Montana)
 
RUSS MANN
(Polson, Montana)
 
TRAVIS FARGHER
(Long Beach, California)
ROB ANDERSEN
(Pleasant View, Utah)
 
BURTON FLAKE
(Virginia / Bahrain)
JOHN BORYCZKO
(Farmington Hills, Michigan)

 

Aloha and Welcome to the TENTH issue as we build a national
and international Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai Community!
ISSUE #10. OCTOBER 2013
 
           WOW!!!  WHAT A HECTIC MONTH!  It seemed that the shipment to the Kingdom of Bahrain took up all of our time and energy since the last Journal issue!  Burton Flake's project to introduce True Indoor Bonsai to the military station and the residents of Bahrain was a challenge as we had not shipped internationally since the early 1980's.  Since then, the terrorist 9-11 attack on the World's Trade Center changed everything! 
 
           There's a host of new regulations and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a challenge!  The permits must provide accurate details, the application for the phytosanitary certificate must be made online after you've been verified; and it is probably as frustrating as those trying to sign up for Obamacare! It's also necessary to become a "known air freight shipper" with a similar equally frustrating set of obstacles!  But with help from Burton and the Bahrain agricultural officials, we met requirements, the shipment arrived in 5 days in good condition, and a more extensive report will be in next month's Journal!  This is summarized on the BAHRAIN PORTAL PAGE.
 
          The study groups have been struggling with the Root-Over-Rock option,  especially if participants must sculpture and prepare the rock.  This is something that is done in large quantities for our popular Hawaiian Lava Plantings that made great easy-care gifts for home and offices.  But Root-Over-Rock may be too difficult. George McLean and John Boryczko have some bonsai experience and they struggled.  But then Pat and Mary Lou were provided presculptured and prepared rocks and they breezed through the workshops!  So Root-Over-Rock Workshops will likely include presculptured and prepared rocks and may only be offered to those in the study groups and Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation members. 
 
          There's a major 8-month updated report co-authored by Ryan Chang of the three 1:10 Project workshops he did here in Kurtistown in February.  Those were advanced workshops and while Ryan struggled, the total new knowledge that he's gained is impressive!  Ryan's article next month will show some of his extraordinary progress.  He's helped me to also make progress in finalizing the plants that will be part of the Premium Introductory Workshop Package.  This is another major Fuku-Bonsai milestone! Mahalo to all who provided feedback and assisted!
 
            Growing plants from seed is challenging as plants are fragile and you need attention to detail.  But there are advantages as explained by Jerry Meislik in his article.  At Fuku-Bonsai such a mutation appeared a number of years ago and a related story is in this issue with others to be in future issues.
 
            This month we were visited by Paul Bakerman of Phoenix, Arizona who got me to plant a rock that he left with me last year.  This year we worked on rock preparation,  he ran the Kona Ironman Triathlon, and returned to do to rock plantings and assisted me on a third.  The story of the past year is in this month's Journal and the newest plantings will be in next month's issue.
 
            To celebrate the first year of the Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai, we are starting our:
2013 MAHALO YEAR-END SALE!
10% OFF ON ALL ITEMS ON TOTAL ORDER!  
       To qualify for this special discount, please send an email to sales@fukubonsai.com or david.f@fukubonsai.com with your name, address, phone number, order items, shipping instructions if gift order,  total the order (including shipping charges) AND SUBTRACT 10% OF THE ENTIRE ORDER! If all information is sufficient and amount correct, a return email will allow phoning in your credit card authorization or we'll send a PayPal Invoice, or you can send a PayPal Payment.  The sale starts now and ends December 31, 2013! 
 
          For your Christmas gift-giving, please consider our Hawaiian Lava Plantings which are the most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants.  The quality is better than ever and there has not been a price adjustment for many years. We will confirm but schedule Christmas gift orders beginning 1-2 weeks before Christmas or deliver as specified.  An adjustment will become effective January 1, 2014.  So now's the time as prices will never be lower!  Mahalo!
 
            CONCLUSION. Editing and publishing the Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai has forced me to keep making progress.  It's given me excellent feedback and is producing more interesting articles including some that did not fit into this issue!  Mahalo for a great and challenging year! 
   
             ~~~David (david.f@fukubonsai.com)
 
GROWING FIGS FROM SEED
           By Jerry Meislik, Journal Contributing Editor (Whitefish, Montana)  Over the years I have grown many bonsai plants from seed. In this discussion I will be referencing my main interest which is growing figs for bonsai. Much of the discussion about growing figs from seed can be modified to work for other plant species.

 

8-MONTH UPDATE AND COMPARISON REPORT
            Co-authored by David Fukumoto and Journal Contributing Editor Ryan Chang (Waipahu, Hawaii)  of the three-tree 1:10 Project workshop that was done at the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center in February 2013. 
DWARF SCHEFFLERA VARIETIES & MUTATIONS AT FUKU-BONSAI
            Jerry's article this month shares the news of a possible fig mutation.  Dwarf Schefflera also tends to throw out mutations and this is a story about one of our first ones and how differences will result in different training strategies.
BAHRAIN BONSAI MISSION
             This continues an innovative bonsai project by Burton Flake to introduce True Indoor Bonsai to the military station and the residents of Bahrain.  The update summarizes the activity necessary including an import permit, clarifying regulations, meeting USDA-APHIS criteria, becoming a "known air freight shipper," pre-treatments and phytosanitary certificates and successful shipment!
IWP ROOT-OVER-ROCK
              By John Boryczko (Farmington Hills, Michigan) Journal Contributing Writer.   In the September Journal issue,  John did an IWP Sumo and Roots while George McLean struggled to do a Root-Over-Rock.  This is the story of John's turn to struggle!
PAUL BAKERMAN'S BANYAN COVE
              Paul of Phoenix, Arizona visited us last year after running the Kona Ironman Triathalon, left a rock with me to create a commissioned planting,  returned for his 6th Triathalon to also spend a few days her where he learned a lot more that will be in next month's issue.
THE PLANTS OF THE FUTURE "PREMIUM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE (Item #PIWP-8)    
               In January 2014, Fuku-Bonsai will introduce a premium workshop package for beginners that will have a larger pot and an older, higher-potential plant!  While more costly,  it will have a much more exciting result for those wanting more than the most economical kit.  This is a major Fuku-Bonsai milestone and this article explains why.
FIRST TRIAL OF THE PREMIUM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE
                Pat (Moore, Washington) returned after taking an IWP workshop last year and "graduated" to an Intermediate Root-Over-Rock workshop this year. Her friend Mary Lou (Phoenix, Arizona) liked the Premium Introductory Workshop Package and did a Sumo and a Root-Over-Rock!
MAILBAG 10:  OCTOBER 2013
                It was a hellish month and all that was planned for this month did not fit in!  Here's two items.  John had email several times to make sure that I would be in "to talk story,"  but after he got here,  he and Barbara decided to take workshops! Will try to catch up in the next issue!  ~~~David

 

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