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Fruit thieves steal promise of countless lilikoi luxuries

By Mariko Jackson

~~<p>Last December, just before the holidays, we were eagerly awaiting our first batch of lilikoi from the tangled vine all along our chain-link fence. My husband planted two fruit at the end of summer, which he had clipped from vines on an obliging mountain trail, and pretty soon we had a very healthy plant.</p>
<p>I wasn't quite prepared for how the vine would take over, and I admit that I find it a little bothersome. The flowers attract carpenter bees, causing the kids to run screaming to the house. And then there's the fact that it's hard to tell what the vine is clinging to -- it has taken over part of the neighbor's side of the fence, and the sidewalk, too. It's getting difficult to open the gate as it entrenches itself in the hinges. We trim but it grows back quickly.</p>
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Last December, just before the holidays, we were eagerly awaiting our first batch of lilikoi from the tangled vine all along our chain-link fence. My husband planted two fruit at the end of summer, which he had clipped from vines on an obliging mountain trail, and pretty soon we had a very healthy plant.

I wasn't quite prepared for how the vine would take over, and I admit that I find it a little bothersome. The flowers attract carpenter bees, causing the kids to run screaming to the house. And then there's the fact that it's hard to tell what the vine is clinging to -- it has taken over part of the neighbor's side of the fence, and the sidewalk, too. It's getting difficult to open the gate as it entrenches itself in the hinges. We trim but it grows back quickly. Login for more...



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