How deep should I put the ti-log?

The ti-logs (both the red and the green variety which we sell) are a cutting of the stalk of the plant. As such, they are not "roots" and so do not require burying.

Instead, we recommend this:

  1. lay the log(s) on its side
  2. use your fingers to push the log into the soil just so that it's secure

Basically, it will only be about 1/4 deep into the soil.

Posted on February 12, 2017 .

Q: We have deer and gophers, will they be safe from those critters?

A:  Not sure about gophers (Hawaii doesn't have any), but we do know that deer eat anything that's good. And, as it happens, they seem to like Hawaiian plants as well.  

Keep your Hawaiian plants safe from deer as you would any other prized plant, or, better still...keep them planted indoors. 

Posted on July 30, 2013 .

Q: Is my plumeria dead?

A: We get this one a lot, but mostly during the winter months. Here's why: 

Plumeria growing season is spring/summer. Thus, the plumeria slips we sell in the packaged bag will: (1) last longer, and usually (2) begin to root within the package. Also, the growing plants that we sell will typically: (1) have luscious leaves, and often (2) flower. 

But in the winter, the plumeria go dormant. They drop their leaves and they look dead. Perhaps the best way to illustrate this is by letting you see one of the plumeria trees that we have on one of our own properties:

Plumeria in the winter. (No leaves)

Plumeria in the winter. (No leaves)

Same tree, but now it's summertime. See all the leaves?

Same tree, but now it's summertime. See all the leaves?

To purchase a plumeria plant or slip, click here. 

Posted on June 27, 2013 .

Q: I bought your seeds from Amazon.com. Can't your seed counters count past 23?

This question requires some background. Seems that someone took to re-selling our products on Amazon.com...hijacked our pictures and everything. Then, in the description, said that each package of lilikoi (Hawaiian passion fruit) contained 30 seeds. This question (and it's not really a FAQ, since he's the only person who asked it) came to us with the suggestion that we teach our seed counter to go past 23, because that's how many seeds he got.

A: Some folks have more time on their hands than others, evidently <smile>. To each their own. The real answer of course is that we don't sell on Amazon, or EBay, or any place else online. All the other places you see our stuff online comes from middlemen. Stick with the source, (us).

Posted on May 26, 2013 .

Q: Any tips on getting the white ginger to bloom?

A: We've seen this one a lot lately. Some have even sent pictures showing us their HUGE white ginger plants (hooray), but alas, no blooms.

It does take a few years, typically. Make sure that the root is in a pot that has sufficient room (at least a "three gallon" sized one). If that's not an issue, then try more sunlight. For more specific help, send us an email and let us know more details.

Posted on May 26, 2013 .

Q: Can I bring these into [pick any country other than the USA]?

A: A great question that we get all the time. Unfortunately, because of governmental restrictions, our policy is that we will only ship our PLANT products to USA destinations. Of course, MANY of our customers purchase our products at retail outlets in the islands and take their plant with them in their carryon or in their checked baggage. In fact, we have heard stories of folks who succeeded in bringing our products into countries far away, such as in Europe; the Orient; Canada; so we know that it's possible.

Each country has their own regulations though, and we also have heard of our plant products being quarantined or even confiscated by officials. Some places won't let our plants in, period, such as Australia. 

Bottom line: If you buy it here in Hawaii and take it with you, it's at your own risk (you may be successful...then again, you may not). But we can't ship it to you. We're very sorry about this.

Posted on May 26, 2013 .

Q: How long do your cuttings and roots last in the package?

A: Great question. Our roots and cuttings won't last through your winter. It's best to plant them when you get home, and keep them indoors. Once your weather warms up enough, you may consider leaving them outdoors for the season. Just make sure that the nighttime temperatures don't dip below your plants' comfort zone.

Posted on May 26, 2013 .

Q: The bottom of my plumeria looks mushy. What should I do?

A: A great question. Unfortunately, plumeria slips can go soft, or even moldy relatively quickly. If you find that yours suffers from this malady, all is not lost. Simply cut off the mushy or moldy part. To be on the safe side, cut about an inch higher than the bad part. The cut will cause the bottom of the stalk to drip a semi-sticky white sap. 

(Try not to get the sap all over you. Some find that the sap irritates their skin slightly)

Let your cutting dry out for about one week. If you've detected no further problems (e.g. the good stalk hasn't itself gone mushy, then you're good to go. Plant away!

Posted on May 25, 2013 .