Creating a Culture of Bamboo in the Hawaiian Islands
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In This Issue

• Featured Bamboo Species:
    • Sacred Bali 
    • Hirose
    • Old Hamii
• The Healing Properties of Mamaki
• Emperor and Kaimana Lychee Varieties for Hawai'i
Events and Specials
Saturday, Oct 5:
(Oahu)
Bamboo Workshop
with Rich von Wellsheim
at
Sharon's Plant Nursery in Waimanalo

Saturday, Nov 9:
Maui Association of Landscape Professionals (MALP) 18th Annual Fair at the Maui Mall

Our Bamboo Poles are for sale at Kula Hardware and Garden:
3100 Lower Kula Rd

Kula, HI
(808) 878-2551


Nursery Plants on Sale for the month of October:

Mamaki (2 gal.) $20 (from $25)
Peach Palm (1 gal.) $18 (from $20)
Nastus elatus (1 gal.) $18 (from $20)

Call 808.248.7561 to order

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Featured Bamboo Species from our Organically-Managed Nursery

 


  • "Sacred Bali" Schizostachyum brachycladum
Height: 40'
Culm Diameter: 3"
Culm Color: Bright buttery yellow
Leaf Pattern: Broad dark green leaves fanning out
Shape: Erect and vertical
Plant Uses: Ornamental, collector's favorite
Culm Uses: Thin walled culms used for flutes
Shoots: Edible if starving
Growing Conditions: Delicate, can be grown in a pot
Wind Tolerance: Does not like strong wind
Origin: SE Asia
Defining features: Very dramatic, makes an excellent plant to show off in the landscape



  • "Hirose" Bambusa oldhamii var. 'Hirose'
Height: 50-55'
Culm Diameter: 4"
Culm Color: Green turning gold
Leaf Pattern: Dark green, broad leaf, long flat hand
Shape: Very straight and erect, tight clumper
Plant Uses: Perfect large hedge, windbreak, ornamental
Culm Uses: Exceptional Timber
Shoots: Excellent quality and maybe eaten raw if well mulched and not allowed to see sunlight
Growing Conditions: Hardy, tolerates wind, wet, drought, and salt
Wind Tolerance: Great
Origin: Southern China
Defining features: Ideal all-around green hedge, providing exceptional timber and great shoots, Oldhamii look-alike


  • "Old Hamii" Bambusa oldhamii

Height: 50-55'
Culm Diameter: 4"
Culm Color: Green turning gold
Leaf Pattern: Dark green, broad leaf, long flat hand
Shape: Very straight and erect, tight clumper
Plant Uses: Perfect large hedge, windbreak, ornamental
Culm Uses: Good Timber
Shoots: Excellent quality and maybe eaten raw if well mulched and not allowed to see sunlight
Growing Conditions: Hardy, tolerates wind, wet, drought, and salt
Wind Tolerance: Great
Origin: Southern China
Defining features: Ideal all-around green hedge, providing good timber and great shoots

The Healing Properties of Mamaki

Pipturus albidus, the "Hawaiian Nettle", is not found anywhere else in the world besides the Hawaiian Islands. Mamaki has been used for centuries for its healing properties. Tea made from Mamaki leaves is a tonic and has traditionally been used to cure a variety of ills. The tea, which is slightly sweet and honey-colored, is known to relieve sore throats or coughing. It is also used as a general tonic, ridding the drinker of any “run-down” feelings. It was and is to this day used for stomach problems, colon problems, liver troubles, bladder problems and irregular bowels, and for lowering high blood pressure. It has also been credited to help maintain balance for diabetes for some people. It is known to be a great blood-builder. The refreshing small white fruits that grow right along its branches can be eaten in small amounts to cure yeast infections and thrush. The fruits are a mild laxative. Both the tea and berries were used traditionally to relax tense muscles prior to childbirth.

Mamaki is an easy plant to grow in Hawai'i, if it is given the proper growing conditions. Give us a call to see if it will grow in your ahupua'a on Maui.



Click here to view Wikipedia's Mamaki page


Emperor and Kaimana Lychee Varieties for Hawai'i
 



We hope you were fortunate enough to enjoy some delicious lychee fruits this summer. Here on the farm, we were abundant with cherry-red clusters of dinosaur-skinned jewels adorning our well-established Kaimana and Emperor trees this year, and were sharing with our friends and neighbors as well as freezing them. Now, we anxiously await next June and July for another feast, and focus on propagating to stock up our nursery!

We propagate our lychee trees through a process called air-layering to clone our healthy Kaimana and Emperor varieties, which are best adapted to thrive and produce abundantly and consistently in Hawai'i.

Call to inquire about our lychee trees.

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