Cultivating in Hawai'i

I've taken a liking to plants at home seeing how I haven't been in nature as much since I hurt my foot.  I love reading, but also don't.  It takes me down these deep rabbit holes forcing me to pick up weird hobbies.  Anyways, here's a new series of posts that I'll be introducing to my blog; Cultivating in Hawai'i.  I'm incredibly fond of quite a few genus in the Aizoaceae family such as the Conophytum and Titanopsis genera.  I'm going to keep a log and care guide on here from now on.  Going online to try and find care guides is a breeze for the most part.  That is, if you live in the northern hemisphere or in just any place that gets cold enough to where you can experience sleet and snow or if you like variegated pothos/ monstera and echeveria.  Cue eyeroll.  I think of this like a PSA for fellow mesembs lovers living in more tropical climates such as myself.  Please keep in mind that these growing conditions are only recommendations based upon what I've found works for these plants in this climate zone.

My growing conditions:  I live in zone 12b, with majority of my plants being in a south facing area.  It's about as hot as you're gonna get, as far as growing conditions go.  I can elaborate on the particulars in each individual post I'll be doing in the future.  I've included a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map for reference.

Ordering Internationally:  From my own experience, I've learned a few tricks of the trade regarding ordering plants.  First of all, just remember that the laws and regulations put into place are not without reason.  The biggest thing is, I believe, to prevent things such as invasive species from being introduced into fragile ecosystems.  So follow the rules!  It's that simple.  When ordering plants from other countries please keep in mind the Lacey Act.  If you follow the link I provided it leads directly to the USDA APHIS website and there's an easy flow chart you can use to determine whether or not you need to declare your items.  There's also something called a phytosanitary license, which is usually the responsibility of the seller so if you see anything about that disregard.
Quick tips;
Keep it to 12 plants or under the advised weight.  Cuttings less than 6" in diameter and 4' in length, meets the size requirements (regarding stem cuttings for cacti).  There's all kinds of regulations regarding Ficus, so try to get them in the states.

I've made a list of reliable sources for plants, just follow the link here.  Also don't worry about the post date on each entry.  I'll be back dating the posts for plants and what not so that they appear later in my blog.  If you want to see the real date each post was updated just take a peep at the bottom of the post.



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