ALB's Nature Journal

Aloha! Welcome to ALB's Nature Journal. I hope that this site will become useful for both you and I. Throughout the spring 2006 semester, I hope to become excited and intreged about the world of science. I look forward to this class sparking an interest in this field and help me to learn new fun and enjoyable ways of teaching science.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

How to Plant Maile?

For a couple years know I have been making Maile lei for special occasions. With the boom of construction and bulldozing, I am afraid that one day all the Maile will be gone. It is my dream to one day have a Maile forest on my property. To do this, what is the best way to plant the Maile?

Maile (Alyxia Oliviformis) is an endemic vine that naturally inhabits forests at the lower and middle elevation level. Maile can be planted from seeds.
1. It is suggested that you ripen the fruit in a plastic bag to soften the pulp. This can be done by crushing the fruit and soaking them in cold water for 12 hours. Discard the fruit pieces and any seeds that float. Wash remaining seeds thoroughly.
2. Dry seeds on a paper towel for planning or storing.
3. Plant the cleaned seeds on the surface of a sterile well-drained mix such as 3 parts perlite and 1 part potting soil.
4. Place pots in a covered location and mist every other day. Depulped seeds have a high germination rate and generally begin sprouting in about a month and may continue to germinate for 4 1/2 months. When potted it is important that the plants get 80% shade otherwise they will dry up and die.

Maile is generally grown from seed however, research has shown that high rooting percentages can be obtained from single node hardwood cuttings. They also tolerate outplanting well but can be sensitive to soil type and of companion plants. Pests include scale insects and aphids, normally attended by ants.

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