Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation MPBF@fukubonsai.com


Journal Editor
President, Fuku-Bonsai Inc.
(Kurtistown, Hawaii)


Journal Contributing Editors
Author, bonsai instructor
(Whitefish, Montana)
Leader of Study Groups
(Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii)
Journal Contributing Writers
(Bozeman, Montana)
(Polson, Montana)
(Long Beach, California)
(Pleasant View, Utah)
(Virginia / Bahrain)
(Farmington Hills, Michigan)




















Aloha and Welcome to the ninth issue as we build a national
and international Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai Community!
ISSUE #9. September 2013
            Following the devastation after World War II,  Saburo Kato helped to organize and rebuild the bonsai community of Japan. In those bleak days when the beautiful cultural pastime was a low priority for most, Kato's efforts continued to grow and the unity of Japanese Bonsai was celebrated in an impressive long-term exhibit at Expo 70 Osaka that captured the imagination of the world and resulted in the formation of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation in 1989!
            The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and Hawaii is proud to have been a part of that journey which continues. Now with the heavy reminder of a decade of war depressing everyone, we have a opportunity for bonsai to become a small beacon for international friendship and peace.
            Through the heroic efforts of Burton Flake,  we may be able to introduce True Indoor Bonsai to a part of the world that seems to be crying out for friendship and peace! Burton is a part of a deployment in Bahrain and while he has military responsibilities,  his "civilian" efforts are to introduce True Indoor Bonsai to his associates and perhaps one day to the residents of Bahrain and neighboring countries.  This is summarized on the BAHRAIN PORTAL PAGE.   
             The MPBF Study Groups have been an impressive success!  Not only is it possible to teach basic bonsai,  the leaders of the study groups are now mastering "Root-Over-Rock" bonsai!  They are learning and sharing it from several different directions.  Jerry is encouraging us to take the lead as there is relatively little in print about this major form of bonsai.  It's difficult, but very possible for those who are willing to learn and work as part of the study group. 
             With the addition of several Intermediate Study Group members, the subject matter quickly advanced and I was hard pressed to provide the basic collateral information for them to complete their workshop assignments.  This resulted in me producing several major "Lessons" that are included in the issue, as well as a few others that will be inserted into future issues.  Several of these are related to rock plantings and this is an area that Fuku-Bonsai has excelled.  Our original Hawaiian Lava Plantings are still the easiest care most successful gift bonsai.  They are very slow growing and ideal to give as gifts for those without any bonsai skills.  But if you want the trees to develop, root-over-rock is superior!
             This is largely due to the combinations of Fuku-Bonsai innovations that include:  1) Utilizing a sphagnum moss "water distribution channel" so moisture can be distributed down throughout a hidden system directly to the roots rather than washing out the roots when trying to water the tree directly.  2)  The tactic of first extending the roots prior to rock-planting tall rocks.  3) The use of an aluminum foil collar to temporarily aid the tree while establishing.  4) The use of thin paper-covered bindwire that rots away after the plant is established rather than bonsai aluminum or copper wire that will injure the roots.  5) The use of non-water-soluble, citrate-soluble, controlled release "on-demand" Nutrient Granules™ to provide long-lasting non-burning nutrients. 
              There are several articles on Rock Sculpturing and Root-Over-Rock Planting in this issue and there will be many more in the future as the techniques are applied nationally and internationally.  This will result in several "LESSONS" that attempt to be major teaching efforts including LESSON #12C written in collaboration with Ryan Chang,  the who joins us as a Journal Contributing Editor! Ryan invites you to email him directly. As you can see,  we are continuing to expand our editorial staff with the hope and goal that the Journal will become a major vehicle for education beyond the current generation as we build the Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai Community.  We invite everyone interested to support and join the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation and to join our efforts!  Welcome aboard!
               To become an effective teacher and supplier of optimum high-success, hiqh-quality plants,  Fuku-Bonsai specializes in Dwarf Schefflera which is clearly the most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants. But although it may be the only suitable plant for those who grow in ordinary homes and offices throughout the year,  tropical bonsai (and True Indoor Bonsai) are grown outdoors whenever night temperatures exceed 55°F! 
               For those who grow tropicals outdoors whenever weather permits, the Ficus family is ideal and a lot easier than temperate climate traditional outdoor bonsai.  We are fortunate to have Jerry Meislik, author of the major ficus bonsai book and ficus authority. We will be including more ficus (and other tropical outdoor bonsai) in future issues.  You're invited to write to Jerry directly to give feedback on his articles.  
               REPLACEMENT FOR MAGAMP TO BE AVAILABLE SOON!   Fuku-Bonsai provides a complimentary packet of MagAmp with every plant shipped (packaged under our Nutrient Granules™ label).  MagAmp is the trademark of a product no longer made in the United States.  If you put that name into a Google search, Fuku-Bonsai comes up before the owner of the patent and trademark!  This is a rare controlled release / non-water soluble low nitrogen high phosphorous fertilizer that is ideal for True Indoor Bonsai, but also for house plants, orchids, flowering and fruiting plants, and rare and valuable plants!  It is expensive but will not burn and will not leach in high rainfall. We will be running trials in the coming months and invite all interested to contact me.
               CONCLUSION.   When we began the Journal in January, we wanted to create a vehicle to help build a Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai community. It has been far more successful that we dreamed and the articles in this issue are amazing!  Teaching bonsai by website and email was the goal and the successes have been impressive. In a relatively few months,  we are working on rock sculpturing and rock plantings.  We have ideas for improvements and thank everyone for their assistance and support!  Exciting times are ahead!
              This portal page is for those who want customized and individual long-term assistance who are willing and able to meet the standards required of members of the study groups and who some day may be willing and able to teach local workshops with access to Fuku-Bonsai kits, plants, and support.  Those committing to study group standards will receive a few complimentary items not generally available and initial assignment.  Those with some experience in traditional outdoor bonsai are asked to contact David with photos of their trees and summary of abilities.   For information about joining the Beginner Study Group go to  www.fukubonsai.com/1a6u.html
           By Jerry Meislik, Journal Contributing Editor.  Ficus (or Figs) have become the most popular bonsai in the United States and Jerry is an authority in this area.  He presents a major summary of a major ficus trait that allows it to become one of the best bonsai trees for anyone with enough light to grow!
            This article began as a major 1:10 Project using an internal wire armature to create a lot of root character on a dragon that had an extensive amount of extended roots.  As it progressed, we removed a major section and rooted it and later another.  This is an introduction to advanced propagation of "character cuttings" .
            How two relatively recently rooted "character cuttings" (from the article above) were used in a basic root-over-rock planting introductory article.


            A collaboration article with Ryan Chang, new additional Journal contributing editor.  Ryan works nights and does more bonsai during days --- outside year-around in Hawaii with exceptional growth.  He's on a fast-track ---  moving quickly --- and sharing his failures but also his wonderful successes too!
             Here's the amazing first study group member to tackle both rock sculpturing, rock planting,  and more!  As can be seen from his previous reports, George does good work and we stretched him a bit on this assignment!  Well done George!
              Here's a new twist!  Rob is determined to be a good bonsai teacher and he recruited wife Aly as his first student teaching her what he has never done himself!
              John is starting with three Introductory Workshop Packages even though he has quite a few years in bonsai --- but in traditional outdoor temperate climate trees.  He's learning the basics of True Indoor Bonsai --- with Sumo first!

              With John's experience, it made sense for him to learn basic Roots by extending the roots long to prepare the tree to be a part of a larger Roots bonsai or Root-Over-Rock planting in the future.  It came out well and John joins us as a Journal contributing writer and is excited about future projects.
A project to explore and promote the theme: "BONSAI; Bridge to International Friendship and Peace!".  An amended import permission has been received, approved, and we now await arrival of a pre-shipment treatment. If all goes well, the shipment will be sent in early October!
           Photos of Glacier National Park by Jerry Meislik,  11,14 acre premium property for sale next to Fuku-Bonsai in Kurtistown, the start of Chinese correspondence! 
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