SPRING
2013
ISSUE
ISSUE #3. March 2013
MICHAEL S. IMAINO
President
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation MPBF@fukubonsai.com
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Journal Editor
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
President, Fuku-Bonsai Inc. david.f@fukubonsai.com
Journal Contributing Editor
JERRY MEISLIK
Author, bonsai instructor

 

              Aloha and welcome to the third issue! As we move into spring and the start of the growing season, we focus on getting strong vigorous growth with an article by Jerry Meislik on preparing your indoor bonsai for outdoors.  Whenever night temperatures are above 55F,  Dwarf Schefflera can be grown outdoors.  For those who grow temperate climate outdoor bonsai or those in warm climates,  consider Dwarf Scheffera to obtain much faster results compared to traditional slow-growing plants.  Jerry's article touches on the do's and don'ts. 

            A second less known bonsai concept is "Bonsai no Kokoro" (The Spirit and Philosophy of Bonsai) that greatly contributes to the enjoyment of bonsai.  We are honored to reprint an article by Ted Tsukiyama,  the senior bonsai leader who was instrumental in Hawaii's role in national and international bonsai. 

            There's questions on pruning and rooting cuttings and an article addresses this subject.  There's an increasing focus on how to create exceptional bonsai by learning to train in shallow saucer-pots that we call the "1:10 Project."  There's an overall update of the staff's progress, but also by Ron Davis of Montana who started with us almost two years ago.  There's been remarkable progress and as this is being written,  I am completing specifications for the new " 1:10 Premium 7" Introductory Workshop Package"  that is more difficult but will attempt to teach those with some bonsai experience a new concept to create high-quality bonsai in shallow saucer-pots. Please email if you are interested in being a part of this study group.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          I am receiving good feedback and have re-established contact with some of our oldest customers who date back over 30 years or so!  They are happy to learn that Fuku-Bonsai has largely recovered from the catastrophic losses due to defective Benlate and share frustrations of being a victim of another defective DuPont product named Imprelis. Life is not fair and we are grateful for the support and assistance received that made it possible for Fuku-Bonsai to survive losses that exceeded $30 million! 

         As we struggle to complete rebuilding and continue efforts to refinance, I am excited about the quality of the production now building and the success of our workshop packages to assist isolated bonsai hobbyists. We will continue to help create True Indoor Bonsai teachers in every state and region and to supply them with Introductory Workshop Packages with quantity discounts and teaching aids.

        We are also beginning to expand our product lines and will be accepting a few additional Fuku-Bonsai Authorized Retailer and invite inquiries if interested.    

        E KOMO MAI . . . come discover the serenity of nature, the beauty of bonsai, and the spirit of Hawaii!

 

An invitation to be a member of either of two True Indoor Bonsai Study Groups

LEARNING AND TEACHING TRUE INDOOR BONSAI!
The new portal page is for serious trainers who want to learn "Fast-Track Bonsai," for those who will likely be teaching True Indoor Bonsai with our workshop packages, for those who want to learn how to create exceptional 1:10 Project bonsai in shallow saucer-pots or those who may one day apply to become a Fuku-Bonsai Authorized Retailer. There are two different study groups and both begin with the purchase of three sets. Those interested in the standard Introductory Workshop Package will get extra assistance with no obligations. Those wanting to take on the challenge of the 1:10 Project Introductory Workshop Package will receive one standard and two prototype workshop packages. Participants will make a pre-report to address any questions, produce a project report with photos, receive a critique, produce a pre-report for the second planting, etc. This will provide extra direct assistance while assisting in creating a major new workshop package. After reviewing, please email for application information.
A monthly feature by
Jerry "Bonsaihunk" Meislik,
MPBF Journal
contributing editor
BONSAI INDOORS - THE BASICS OF BONSAI GROWING! (3)
          PREPARING YOUR INDOOR BONSAI FOR SPRING!  The pros and cons of outdoor and indoor growing and choosing what's best for you.
BONSAI NO KOKORO BY TED T. TSUKIYAMA
         The spirit and philosophy of Hawaiian bonsai has been greatly influenced by the late Haruo "Papa" Kaneshiro and Japan grand master Saburo Kato.  Ted was part of the leadership group and shares the history and the values we endorse that we hope will guide the Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai community we are creating.
PRUNING & ROOTING CUTTINGS
         Pruning is done at different stages of development and it is important to have a training strategy of why you are pruning and to know when not to prune to get maximum growth.  While the tree is developing prune off a simple 4-5 leaf cutting when a section has grown out 7 to 8 new leaves.  Prune older bonsai and obtain character cuttings that shorten the time it takes to create bonsai!
INTRODUCTION TO THE TRUE INDOOR BONSAI STUDY GROUP AND THE FUKU-BONSAI 1:10 PREMIUM WORKSHOP PACKAGE
          This introduces another major complete bonsai workshop package to greatly raise the standards of learning (and teaching) the most successful form of bonsai that is very suitable for anyone, anywhere, who can grow houseplants.

 

FUKU-BONSAI'S 1:10 PROJECT REVISITED AND UPDATE
          The project began in 2011 and this update shows a few of our initial trial plants as well as share the progress made in 22 months by members of the Fuku-Bonsai staff.
 
SUMO: IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED . . .
           Ron Davis began his 1:10 Project about the same time that the Fuku-Bonsai staff received their first class. This is his first update report of Sumo #1. He's had great growth and while his development is behind, he's got an impressive heavy trunk with exciting potential!
RYAN CHANG'S FIRST FUKU-BONSAI VISIT REPORT
          Ryan is on "FAST-TRACK BONSAI!"   He's learning a lot very quickly by moving forward aggressively,  making mistakes,  redoing, and moving on!  
RYAN CHANG'S 1:10 SUMO & ROOTS REDO
          The critique continued after Ryan returned home and it made sense to redo to incorporate additional lessons learned!
RUSS MANN'S MONTANA FAST-TRACK II!
            Russ is also very interested,  a good photographer and writer and shows what can be done in two weeks,  even when there's need to re-do! 

          

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE REVISITED
           There's a lot of information about this breakthrough product scattered throughout the website and requests for summary information including the underlying concepts,  ways it can be used to learn or teach, and quantity discounts.
MAILBAG #3 - MARCH 2013
           This month there were multiple mentions of using deeper glass containers instead of saucers with gravel under lava plantings and potted bonsai.  One project has a cabinet the full width of a picture window topped with an open top glass tank with walls about 5" tall.  We're calling it a "semi-terrarium" and the concept seems to be very workable to get good grow (and even some moss) for very dry areas!  
*** Go to Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation website home page
*** Go to the 1st January 2013 Issue of Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai
*** Go to the 2nd February 2013 Issue of Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai

*** Go to Fuku-Bonsai website home page

           Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation and Fuku-Bonsai, 2013