Growing Bonsai Trees and Hands-On Knowledge
While still in his teens, Brussel sought out American Bonsai masters like John Naka and Ben Oki; renowned artists who taught Brussel bonsai concepts and techniques, and helped refine his skills. As Brussel’s talents grew, so did the bonsai collection in the family’s backyard. Soon he was selling small trees to make room for more. The fledgling business had sprouted.
Searching Out the Best Bonsai Stock
Seeking the best sources for young bonsai trees, Brussel began developing business relationships with Asian growers in the mid-1970s. Now, decades later, his annual buying trips take him to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea where he has friends he’s worked with for decades.
Finding high quality sources is the initial key step. Being granted approval to import trees into the United States is the next step and it can be tricky. Over the years, Brussel has cultivated a strong relationship with the USDA which has helped facilitate the company’s import activities even during periods of tightened restrictions.