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Growing Plumeria - The Hawaiian Lei Flower!
By Karen England
In the early 80’s, I
traveled to Hawaii for the first time and, upon my
arrival, was greeted with a traditional Hawaiian Lei
made of fresh Plumeria blossoms. I had never before
been exposed to this beautiful, fragrant flower and I
was enchanted by both the greeting and the plant. As I
traveled on “The Big Island”, Kona, I saw large
profusely blooming shrubby trees of Plumeria
everywhere, perfuming the air. Upon my return to the
mainland I learned that Plumeria can be grown here
very successfully, recreating a little bit of the
Hawaiian Islands in your yard, patio or balcony.
Once your Plumeria
plants are several years old (depending on the
variety) you can get 10 - 20 blossoms at a time from
each plant and then you can make your own “Fresh Lei”
to give to your guests, thus carrying on the tradition
of “aloha“. Making a lei is easy, just thread a needle
with about 25 - 30 inches of strong thread and tie a
large knot at the end. You will need approximately 40
to 60 plumeria blossoms to make one lei. Run needle
and thread through the center of each blossom until
you reach the end of the thread. Tie ends together and
knot tightly. Enjoy!
Karen England is the "Queen of Edgehill Herb Farm". www.edgehillherbfarm.com.
gardeners live in beautiful places because they make
them so. Joseph Joubert