MICHAEL S. IMAINO
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
- Journal Contributing
- JERRY MEISLIK
- Author, bonsai instructor
- Journal Contributing
- RON DAVIS
- (Bozeman, Montana)
- RYAN CHANG
- (Waipahu, Hawaii)
- RUSS MANN
- (Polson, Montana)
Aloha and welcome to the fourth
issue! As we move into spring, those who want superior
growth are moving bonsai to benches outdoors. There are many forms
of bonsai and this issue will touch upon other forms besides our
Dwarf Schefflera True Indoor Bonsai. In this issue we
introduce Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation president Michael Imaino who
joined Fuku-Bonsai in 1983. Two years later Fuku-Bonsai
evolved from a Fukumoto family sole proprietorship to a corporation
and a few years later, Michael was named the project manager to
build the 17-acre Kona Fuku-Bonsai Center.
Unfortunately in 1989 we sprayed defective Benlate contaminated with
weedkillers at the Kurtistown nursery and this caused over $30
million of damages including killing several years of young crops,
wiping out the old plant bank of bonsai in training since 1973, the
loss of the Kona center, preventing growing our original crops, and
requiring complete reinvention of Fuku-Bonsai! Michael played
a crucial role as Fuku-Bonsai's senior plant manager as a corporate
director, and as a major stockholder. This year marks his 30th year
in bonsai and the article that introduces him recaps it's 30 year
history. Michael, his tree, his right hand Edison Yadao, and
the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation have exciting futures!
Fuku-Bonsai is just emerging from this 25-year battle for survival
and making exceptional progress in creating a high-success easier
form of houseplant bonsai. It will one day be recognized as
the most popular form of American bonsai suitable for anyone,
anywhere who can grow houseplants! But even houseplants grow
faster and stronger when grown outdoors whenever night temperatures
are above 55°F.
Journal contributing editor Jerry Meislik and I team up to present a
concise answer to the question: "How do you create bonsai?"
The Japanese traditional answer is extremely long and detailed as
there really are infinite ways. But we boiled it down to just
five different ways and believe that any bonsai is trained using
combinations of these ways. We hope the article presents a
simplified concept so you can better understand bonsai.
Notice the growing list of those involved in this Journal of
Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai! We especially invite
those who want to participate in "Fast Track" bonsai made possible
with our workshop packages and personal assistance. Those who
teach others really learn the most and we invite those who have a
high level of energy and interest, resources to acquire
exceptional materials, and the ability to photograph and communicate
to contact me and to join our study groups. Through this
process we've identified Ron Davis, Ryan Chang, and Russ Mann and
have invited them to join us as Journal Contributing Writers!
Others have begun and in several respects, Travis Fargher represents a new generation of American bonsai hobbyists who are
moving more strongly to tropical and True Indoor Bonsai. Most traditional temperate climate outdoor bonsai plants will
not grow well in Long Beach or Hawaii as its just too warm. So
in the warmer parts of the country, Tropical and True Indoor
Bonsai make a lot of sense to grow outdoors whenever night
temperatures are above 55°F and brought in and protected indoors
when night temperatures are colder.
In Hawaii all tropical
and True Indoor Bonsai can grow outdoors year-around and this
produces stronger, faster, and more compact growth.
We believe Dwarf Schefflera will be the fastest growing bonsai in
any climate and that fits as Americans are not known to be
excessively patient! I like to define bonsai as "artistic pot
plants" that is an art, craft, and hobby and as such, design
should be influenced by the horticultural properties of the plant.
Temperate climate bonsai are trained with attention to leaves,
branches, trunks, and surface roots.
BUT TROPICAL BONSAI ALSO
HAVE UNIQUE ROOT SYSTEMS THAT ALLOW TRAINING INTO MORE STYLINGS THEN
ARE POSSIBLE WITH TEMPERATE CLIMATE BONSAI! So I'm delighted
that Travis and others who have experience with traditional outdoor
bonsai are exploring the training of tropical forms
of bonsai! A few share their situations in our "Mailbag" feature.
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
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 various customized True Indoor Bonsai Study Groups
- LEARNING AND
TEACHING TRUE INDOOR BONSAI!
This 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. Each
individual's route is customized to fit their situation. 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. Introducing
Ryan Chang and Russ Mann:
- THE TRUE
INDOOR BONSAI FAST-TRACK STUDY GROUP