plumeria

IN BLOOM: PLUMERIA

It's April and you know what that means... The start of one of our favorite seasons: Plumeria Season. So what does one do with herself during this glorious time of year? Press pause, take a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the view (and smell). 

With dozens of species and hybrids, you can find plumerias in almost every shade of white, red, pink, and yellow. Their fragrance varies by species, with some recalling sweet fruit punch and some with more delicate floral notes.  We love them all- it's almost impossible to pick a favorite.

If you're interested in growing your own plumeria tree, don't waste your time looking for and sprouting seeds. Simply find the tree you admire most, ask for permission, and propagate a cutting.  You can do this by cutting a branch 1-2 feet from the tip, letting the cutting dry out for at least a week, and then planting it in soil with good drainage. 

Tada! Plumerias for everyone! 

Paiko Expeditions: Koko Crater Plumeria Grove

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Although our seasons may be subtle, summer in Hawaii has its hallmarks- sweet mangoes dripping off the trees, great surf on the south shore, and of course a riot of color from our plumeria trees. Introduced in 1860, plumerias have long been an integral part of the islands culture, taking easily to our climate, and offering perhaps the perfect flower for lei making.

We took a trip to the South Eastern end of Oahu to check out the Koko Crater Botanical Garden, where this fragrant grove greets visitors to the dryland collection of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. The array of plumeria cultivars at the garden is truly magnificent, each unique from the next in shape, color, and smell. To read more about plumerias in Hawai'i, check out this great publication by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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