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Growing Hawaii's Native Plants: A Simple Step-by-Step Approach For Every Species

Growing native plants is becoming a popular practice in Hawaii’s gardens, hotels and park landscapes. The book has a durable cover, lies flat and is a one-stop reference work for scientists and nursery owners, conservationists and backyard gardeners alike. It contains an extensive, thoroughly researched entry for each of the 1,191 true existing native Hawaiian plant species. For each entry there is a species description, information on provenance, growing methods, germination rates, pest and disease control and most importantly, directions for outplanting. Included are more than 400 high-quality color images and a forward by renowned botanist Sir Ghillean Prance, former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and current scientific director of the Eden Project.

Paperback: 420 pages

Publisher: Mutual Publishing (July 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1566477166

ISBN-13: 978-1566477161

Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #243,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #16 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Climate > Tropical

This is an excellent reference book - well organized with great photos and an extensive number of native Hawaiian plants included with hands-on, practical advice on how to propagate and care for the plants. There are several indices: General Index (for how-to items like air layering, pest control and management, transplanting, etc.), Family Index, Genera Index, and Hawaiian and Common Plant Names Index. This makes it easy to find what you're looking for. For each plant, there's a photo, a general description of the plant, info on where it's found (critical for native plants because of the different microclimates and soils in Hawaii), propagation and cultivation info, outplanting info, and pests. There's also a quick guide to the left of the photo showing how much sun the plant needs, range (indiginous or endemic - whether it's found in Hawaii and other places or just Hawaii), description (shrub, tree, vine, groundcover, etc.), and propagation (seeds, cuttings, etc.) The quick guide helps the user to rapidly screen the plant for his/her purposes without spending a lot of time reading the text.I am a Certified Arborist and whenever I work on community projects where people are planting native plants, I give them a copy of this book.

This is a great book, but together with "Growing Native Hawaiian Plants: A How-To Guide for the Gardener", it's a great set. We are working to reforest our farm in Hawai'i (Big Island) and these references together with watching what works locally, are superb. This book has far more plants than the other volume, but together they have about everything we are interested in for our mesic environment.

Great book. It gives the common name, the latin name and the Hawaiian name of plants we find here in Hawai'i. 416 pages chock full of easy to read and apply methods of growing Hawaiian plants. Lavishly illustrated, generous size of 9 by 11 inches, this is a must have for growers, artists and students of Hawaiian plants. This is the best $45 I have spent on books in a long time. Thanks to the author and publisher.

We are doing a reforestation project on the Big Island and have used this book daily for 5 years. It is a great resource for native plant propagation. We recently moved operations and lost the book in the move. If there is a copy out there please contact us.

One of the best horticultural books I've seen (and I own too many!).Lots of information, not only on the plants but also on propagation and diseases.Superbly organized and well indexed.If you live on Hawaii and have a yard this book is a must.

Excellent source for growing on the island! A must have for all who live in paradise and wish to honor the island's native plant life!

for anyone that is a real freak about native hawaiian plantgrowing,this book is going to be your bible.along with easy tounderstand descriptions on the growing of native hawaiian plantsthe photos make this book a book for everybodies coffee tables.i know kerin personally and have been in on her growth as theforemost authority on the supject of hawaiian plants.she comesby her knowledge through being friends with and close to themasters in the college degree for this girl,just,love for hawaiian plants.great book for all.

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