“Every time you say a native plant’s name, it gives life and breath to that plant,” said Brad Belmarez, co-owner of Aikane Nursery and Landscaping. The family-run business no longer uses botanical names for plants in favor of their Hawaiian names. Located in Hawi in the Kohala district of Hawai'i Isl … [Read more...] about PLANT PONO SPOTLIGHT – Aikane Nursery and Landscaping
All over Hawai’i island, the royal poinciana is putting on a blazing display of red and orange. Even on the east side of the island, we can witness the royal poinciana in full bloom right now. The scientific name Delonix regia brings together delos and onux, the Greek words for “conspicuous” and “cla … [Read more...] about Pono Plant: Royal poinciana
Popular for its sweet scent rather than for its hideous form, Cestrum nocturnum, commonly called night blooming jasmine, is the most commonly sold horticultural invasive species. This sprawling shrub has pointed alternately arranged leaves, green bark, tubular white flowers and pea sized fruit with … [Read more...] about What’s the Stink About Night Blooming Jasmine?
Humans have been bringing plants inside for thousands of years. Babylonian residents were among the first humans to “domesticate” house plants and grow them inside. Evidence of indoor plants was found in the ruins of Pompeii. Our ancestors felt the benefits from having plants in their enclosed space … [Read more...] about Live Your Best Life Among Indoor Plants
Hawaiʻi is extremely special because of our geographic isolation and unique biodiversity. A combination of dispersibility, random chance and fitness allowed a small subset of plants and animals to make the 2,400-mile journey and evolve into our diverse native species. The severe isolation of the … [Read more...] about Accelerated Change