Protea

Protea

Pronounced PRO-tee-a. 300 million-year-old fossils indicate that Protea are one of the most ancient plants in the world. The name “Protea” is derived from the mythological Greek Sea God, “Proteus,” who had the power to spontaneously change his shape. Appropriately named, there are over 1,500 types of Protea, originating from Australia, Southern Africa and South America. Protea thrive in the windy weather. The majority of Protea grow on the southern- facing slopes. Protea flowers are known for their long-lasting beauty. They last 10-14 days fresh, then dry to soft, muted tones that often last for several years.

The flower is surrounded by colourful bracts which slowly open up to give a flower head as big as 25cm across. It comes in pinks, creams, oranges, charcoal, and are available all year round. Leaves will often blacken so the flowers may be sold with them already removed. The flowerheads are suitable for drying.

Making Ti Leaf Lei’s Today!

Aloha everyone,

Here are a few pictures of our amazing job coaches and clients making ti leaf lei’s today with an order of 100 lei’s.

A little Hawaiian history about the Ti Leaf:

One of the introduced plants to Hawai’i by the early Polynesians was a tall, stalk with tightly clustered, green, oval and blade-shaped leaves. The leaf was about 4 inches wide and varied from 1 to 2 feet long. It was a fast growing woody plant that reached from 3 to 12 feet in height. The plant was Cordyline fruticosa. Known to the Hawaiians as Ki, it was a ti plant, a member of the lily family.

Ki was considered sacred to the Hawaiian god, Lono, and to the goddess of the hula, Laka. It was also an emblem of high rank and divine power. The kahili, in its early form, was a Ki stalk with its clustered foliage of glossy, green leaves at the top. The leaves were used by the kahuna priests in their ancient religious ceremonial rituals as protection to ward off evil spirits and to call in good.

There were many uses for the ti plant in old Hawai’i. The boiled roots were brewed into a potent liquor known as ‘okolehao. The large, sweet starchy roots were baked and eaten as a dessert.

This versatile plant also had many medicinal uses, either alone or as a wrapping for other herbs needing to be steamed or boiled. The ti leaves were wrapped around warm stones to serve as hot packs, used in poultices and applied to fevered brows.

A drink from boiled green ti leaves were used to aid nerve and muscle relaxation. Steam from boiled young shoots and leaves made an effective decongestant.

The leaf was also used as a protection sign. In Hawaiian history people would first throw the leaf into rivers throughout Hawaii in order to get acceptance to enter the waters. If the leaf floated on the water it was safe to enter the river, but if it sunk, that meant the Mo’o Wahine Goddess was in the waters at that time and it was not safe to enter.

The pleasantly fragrant flowers were also used for asthma. Besides its use in healing practices, the large ti leaves became roof thatching, wrappings for cooking food, plates, cups, fishing lures on hukilau nets, woven into sandals, hula skirts, leis and rain capes.

Our farms are loaded with Ti leafs, so if you need any please call us at (808) 982-8322, have a great day!

Flowers Ready for Bouquet

Aloha,

Here are a few of the tropical Hawaiian flowers that we’re fresh cut today and ready to be put into a bouquet. We have many beautiful orchids, anthuriums, tropic fleur, bird of paradise, ginger, barbatus, beehive, and ivory and pink mink available. Call us today to get your own bouquet (866) 982-8322. Have a great day and happy holidays!!

Farms stocked up with tropical flowers

Aloha all,

Our farms are currently all stocked up with mini red torch ginger, tropical fleur, and birds of paradise. If you are interested in purchasing any, please call us today at (866) 982-8322.

Videos of our Clients

Awesome clients working to make shredded newsprint flower packing material. The first thing you notice at Puna Kamalii Flowers is not the flowers it’s the employees. You see Puna Kamalii Flowers is in the business of giving developmentally disabled individuals something that far too many of us take for granted at times: the self-confidence and joy that comes from having a job. This is the only job many of these individuals have ever had and as long as individuals like you continue to purchase our flowers it could be the only job they will ever need.

Here employees come first and customers are family. Won’t you join us by making a purchase today? The flowers are beautiful and the workers are simply awesome. Please call us today at (866) 982-8322

Tropical Hawaiian Flower and Plant Care Tips

1. It is important to unpack the Hawaiian Tropical Flowers immediately. Do not refrigerate.

2. To restore plant cells and extend vase life, immerse entire stems in water at room temperature for 10 minutes immediately after cutting one-fourth to inch from each stem. Cutting at an angle will allow maximum water absorption and make them easier to arrange.

3. Always make sure your Hawaiian Tropical Flowers have plenty of water as tropical flowers typically need water. Misting flowers daily will help to extend vase life and keep a fresh appearance. Change flower water and trim flower stems every few days.

4. To control Hawaiian Tropical Flowers water odor and prevent bacterial buildup, you may wish to add a few drops of bleach into the water.

5. Keep Hawaiian Tropical Flowers out of direct sunlight and breezy areas and maintain temperature above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, avoid placing flowers near fireplaces, stoves and strong drafts.

6. Hawaiian Tropical Flowers may be arranged into one or more bouquets. Place green foliage behind flowers and try to set the flowers at different heights. Use a favorite vase and your artistic abilities to create your own special island paradise!

INDIVIDUAL FLOWERS

ANTHURIUMS

As soon as receiving Hawaiian Tropical Flowers, cut off at least one half-inch from bottom of each stem. Immediately immerse the entire flower, including stem, in cool tap water for at least 10 minutes and arrange. Repeat the soaking process every three days. Anthuriums should be kept with stems in fresh water at room temperature (never below 55F). Mist heads with water daily and keep them from direct breezes and sunlight.

DENDROBIUM ORCHID

Cut one-half inch off from bottom of each spray; immerse in cool tap water, both flower and stem, for 10 minutes. Arrange, and repeat process every three days, or place spray in container, which allows two inches of the stem to be covered with water. Refrigerate until ready to use. Mist with water daily and keep them from direct breezes and direct sunlight.

HELICONIAS

Remove leaves from stem as desired. Cut off one inch of the stem and place immediately in fresh water at room temperature. To improve the appearance of the bracts, wash them in water with a little detergent and rinse them with fresh water. Do not refrigerate.

BIRD OF PARADISE

Cut off one inch of the stem and immediately place in fresh water at room temperature. To bring out extra flowers, insert your thumb inside the unopened sheath through the open upper part of the sheath. Gently remove the membrane that separates each flower by cutting it off. Refrigerate as needed to keep fresh.

GINGERS

Cut off one inch from bottom of each stem. Completely immerse the flower and stem in fresh water at room temperature for 10 minutes. Do not refrigerate.

HAWAIIAN FOLIAGE

Upon receipt of foliage, trim off one-inch from bottom of each stem and immerse foliage in fresh water at room temperature for 10 minutes. Keep stems in two inches of water in container. Refrigerate until ready for use.

ANTHURIUM PLANT CARE

WATERING

Anthuriums can tolerate dryness around the root ball, but should be watered thoroughly and allowed to dry slightly before watering again. Allowing the plant to dry out will greatly slow down the growth rate. Drying out can also cause the tip to burn and root damage, while over watering can also cause root damage and yellowing of the leaves.

LIGHT

Anthuriums placed indoors will take about as much light as you can provide them with, but no direct sunlight. Lower levels of light will slow down or stop flowering. Outdoors, the plant will tolerate lower light levels as they grow in some of the shadiest areas in their natural habitat. Leaves emerging under lower light may stretch and/or become distorted in shape.

FERTILIZER

A slow time release fertilizer such as Miracle Grow spikes work well. Fertilizing should not be an issue for quite a few months.

PESTS AND DISEASE

Anthuriums are susceptible to the usual pests that visit indoor plants, such as aphids, scales, mealy bugs and thrips. Thrips and “mealy” are found more on new growth. You can also find aphids feeding on the flower buds. Scales seem to be particularly fond of the tough bird nest type. The best method of insect control is to monitor your plants and treat them before they get out of hand. There are some “insecticidal soaps” which work well on the soft insects, but scales may need a stronger insecticide. Under low humidity conditions spider mites may show up. One of the best ways to stay clear of the use of chemicals is with periodic wiping of the foliage and a gentle spray of water. Make sure not to forget the undersides.

The biggest disease problem that you will face indoors is rhizoctinia. This is caused by high temperature and humidity coupled with soil that is poorly drained. Don’t over water and if you must replant, use a well drained soil, for that will be your best defense. Chemically, rhizoctinia can be controlled with a wide range of fungicides. The best approach is prevention via cultural practices.

ORCHID PLANT CARE

WATERING

Keep evenly moist while in active growth. Allow to dry between waterings after growth is mature (indicated by a terminal leaf). They have well-developed water-storage organs (pseudobulbs), often called “canes” for their upright, leafy appearance. Our plants arrive in a course growing medium which facilitates complete drainage.

LIGHT

Sufficient light is important for healthy growth and flower production. Provide bright light to 50 percent sun. In the home, an east, west or lightly shaded south window. In a greenhouse, about 30 to 50 percent full sun. Under lights, four 40 watt fluorescent tubes and two 40 watt incandescent bulbs directly over plants.

FERTILIZER

Should be provided on a regular basis during the active growing period. A good general rule is to apply a balanced (10-10-10 or 12-12-12 or similar ratio). Fertilize every week at one quarter to one half of the recommended dilution specified on the container.

TEMPERATURE

Mature plants need a 15 to 20 F difference between night and day. Provide nights of 60 to 65 F; days of 75-90 F are beneficial if humidity and air circulation are increased. Low temperatures (below 50 F) may cause leaf drop.

HUMIDITY

Dendrobiums need 50 to 60 percent. In the home, place on trays over moistened pebbles. In greenhouse, use a humidifier if conditions are too dry.

RE-POTTING

Should be done every two to three years before mix loses consistency (breaks down). Pot firmly in medium, giving aeration and ample drainage, allowing enough room for two years’ growth. Dendrobiums, like many orchids, grow best in pots small for the size of the plant.

LEI CARE

After receiving your leis, spray lightly with water as needed to moisten them. Do not over mist them so that they are dripping wet. Put them into an airated plastic bag and place them in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator if not too cold, or in a cool but not cold location. The best temperature to store them is around 55 – 60 degrees F. Some vegetable bins are colder than the recommended temperature. Leis should last for 3-5 days from the date we ship them. Remember, leis will brown and be unusable if placed in too cold or breezy a location — please check your storage area for the proper conditions before placing them into storage.

If you are interested, please place your order by calling (866) 982-8322 and take very good care of your tropical flowers and plants today!

Aloha,

Puna Kamalii Flowers