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                                The author with an armful of blossoms from a gold tree.

Gold trees and relatives can make splendid, colorful lei

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                The author with an armful of blossoms from a gold tree.

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm
The combo weather we’vebeen having — dry, then wet, calm, then windy from all different directions (trades, Kona, weird easterlies, superstrong southerlies) — seems to have triggered a stress response in gold trees and their relatives that is making them bloom so beautifully this year. Read More
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Grasscrete a concrete replacement that helps the aina

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Updated on  February 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Grasscrete, where grass is grown in cells interspersed between concrete is an akamai and aina-friendly investment in our underground water aquifers. Read More
COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST

Bougainvillea blossoms make fine lei

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
Yes, a florist would be faster and easier, but making lei with bougainvillea are a timely way to take advantage of the winter blooming plant. Read More
COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                Puakenikeni’s developing fruit are natural baubles.

Decorate with, give away festive puakenikeni balls

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                Puakenikeni’s developing fruit are natural baubles.
Gardeners can use puakenikeni fruit to make excellent and versatile holiday decor. Read More
COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                The brown and tattered fronds of these coconut trees reflect damage by alien beetle grubs.

Browning coconut fronds caused by alien beetles

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                The brown and tattered fronds of these coconut trees reflect damage by alien beetle grubs.

Updated on  November 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm
When coconut fronds yellow and brown before drying up, the coconut palm is reabsorbing and reusing nutrients. Brown and tattered midtree fronds are a different story. Read More
COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                Hybrid orange kahili ginger, a sterile version of the fragrant plant, won’t seed and spread into pristine Hawaiian rainforests.

Sweet-smelling ginger can be both pleasant and a pest

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                Hybrid orange kahili ginger, a sterile version of the fragrant plant, won’t seed and spread into pristine Hawaiian rainforests.

Updated on  October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Late one pau hana evening, I was picking a sweet bouquet of fragrant ginger from my garden. Ah, I thought to myself, this is one of life’s simple, joyful pleasures. Read More
 

Keiki might be thankful for thornless kiawe trees

Question: Why did the big old historic kiawe tree at the Halekulani Hotel fall over? Could it be saved? Could they plant a new one if not? Read More
Updated on  September 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm
 
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                                Hawaii’s official state flower — Hibiscus brackenridgei — can be found on all of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Rare state flower deserves to be propagated in islands

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                                Hawaii’s official state flower — Hibiscus brackenridgei — can be found on all of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Updated on  June 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm
Question: Please tell us about our state flower. It’s a yellow native Hawaiian hibiscus, right? And where can our ohana go and see it this summer? Read More
COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                The flower from gardenia brighamii gives off a unique tropical perfume.

Cultivation can help survival of native Hawaii gardenia

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                The flower from gardenia brighamii gives off a unique tropical perfume.

Updated on  April 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm
Who doesn’t love gardenias? Most Hawaii people, and gardeners in general, swoon for their fragrance and floral perfection. It feels like summer to us when kiele, or gardenia, is in bloom. We cherish the flowers and like to grow them in our gardens. Read More
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Easy, ono beans are perfect for starter vegetable garden

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Updated on  March 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm
Question: My daughter got inspired at school to grow a vegetable garden for our ohana. She wants us to eat vegetables that we grow ourselves. We want to encourage and help her. What are the best plants for success in Hawaii? Read More
COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                Kupukupu fern in a planter. This native Hawaiian plant can really grow and spread.

Native Hawaiian plants will flourish if allowed to crowd

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                Kupukupu fern in a planter. This native Hawaiian plant can really grow and spread.

Updated on  February 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm
Question: I planted native Hawaiian kupukupu fern around my epic hapuu Hawaiian tree ferns. The kupukupu went nuts, grew really well and is even climbing up the hapuu trunk. The hapuu fronds seem smaller now. Read More
COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                A close-up of the delicate flowers and leaves of ulei, a native Hawaiian plant that deserves to be more widely cultivated.

Lacy native Hawaiian plant needs to be grown with care

COURTESY HEIDI BORNHORST
                                A close-up of the delicate flowers and leaves of ulei, a native Hawaiian plant that deserves to be more widely cultivated.

Updated on  January 18, 2016 at 11:44 am
I was reminded about a fabulous yet undergrown native Hawaiian plant on our New Year’s Day hike with my epic neighbors and their akamai son, Scotty. Read More
COURTESY RICK BARBOZA
                                Native Hawaiian plants make great gifts. These pilo berries look festive, like a miniature Christmas tree.

Seeking gardeners’ gifts? Utilize local flowers, plants

COURTESY RICK BARBOZA
                                Native Hawaiian plants make great gifts. These pilo berries look festive, like a miniature Christmas tree.
It’s easy to find or create local gifts and decorations for your plant-loving friends and ohana. It’s also good for our environment and the Hawaii economy to keep it as local as we can. Read More

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