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spencerw
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Posted - 09/30/2018 :  09:55:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
aloha all. ive posted up a new blog entry describing my observations on the forest and my garden in leilani estates. hope you enjoy!

https://tropicalselfsufficiency.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/observations-recommendations-for-lava-zone-1/

HereOnThePrimalEdge
Punatic

South Sandwich Islands
6874 Posts

Posted - 09/30/2018 :  16:25:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you!
Beautiful website, filled with great info.

On Tuesday night, 9/18/2018 Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono had another message for the Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee “Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing.” She added in another related comment, “Bull$hit.”
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kalianna
Da Kine

215 Posts

Posted - 09/30/2018 :  21:26:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your article brought me much hope for this area. Thanks for posting.
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ElysianWort
Punatic

USA
1290 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2018 :  05:46:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really did enjoy. I appreciate your post and your sharing of this knowledge.

I'm stoked that yours and other peoples gardens and back yards are regrowing and thriving now, taking a perceived negative and turning into a positive.
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spencerw
Newbie

13 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2018 :  08:37:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks yall for your kind words! it really helps to slow things down and take a look and really appreciate our incredible environment around us
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dan d
Kamaaina

USA
611 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2018 :  08:50:36  Show Profile  Visit dan d's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You are doing all the right things. Aloha

Dan D
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1voyager1
Kamaaina

USA
734 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2018 :  12:09:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have notes similar things around our place.
Many trees and shrubs that were heavily defoliated have rebounded and are doing well.
The citrus, bananas, and avos I was worried about were relatively unharmed and are now doing well except that their fruit seems to have been badly affected.
Oranges are splitting and falling from the tree.
Avos have aborted many to all their fruit depending on cultivar.
Bananas are not growing and forming full sized fruit.
Some are ripening at a very small immature size with very little, if any, edible interior to them.

After being completely defoliated the jaboticaba and mullberry are rebounding nicely.
All the palms seem to have little to no affects on them.

Most of my orchids are doing well.
The worst affected seem to be the Miltonias and Miltoniopsis'.
All are dead.
Other Obcidium genera look to be doing well.
Several have or are now blooming.

Catts have formed sheaths but are not developing flower stems within.

Dendrobiums looked to have been stunted at first.
But now, seem to have begun a late season growth spurt.

Dendrochilums seem to have liked the goings-on.
They have had, are having, or look to be getting ready for a very strong blooming.


Bromeliads have taken a hard hit, probably due to acid water collecting in the center of the plants, killing the growing tips.


The centipede grass has almost completely died out with a smaller type taking its place.
The lawn is regenerating nicely with changes.

All the sphagnum mosses everywhere look to be dead.

The hapu'u had many fronds "burned" by the gasses.
They are rebounding nicely with new fronds.

The great albezias on the lots across from and behind ours are still defoliated, but the small growing tips of the branches are not breaking off.
I'm thinking they may begin to regenerate soon.
We'll see.

Went to look at a friend's place yesterday.
Her place is in the "dead zone" adjacent to the lava flow.
Driving into her driveway is like going into a recent forest fire area.
All the trees and shrubs are bare until you near her house.
Citrus, jack fruit and other edibles trees are still alive and coming back.
I was amazed.

The last few weeks, or so, we've found a "thundering heard" of centipedes and or millipedes around the house.
They seem to be thriving in the aftermath.
Gonna have to treat for the centipedes around the house's exterior.

Not much seen of LFAs yet.
Coquis look to have not been badly affected.
Nor the rats.

I can go on.
But, that's enough for now.
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Lolo
malihini

82 Posts

Posted - 10/09/2018 :  14:13:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 1voyager1

I have notes similar things around our place.
Many trees and shrubs that were heavily defoliated have rebounded and are doing well.
The citrus, bananas, and avos I was worried about were relatively unharmed and are now doing well except that their fruit seems to have been badly affected.
Oranges are splitting and falling from the tree.
Avos have aborted many to all their fruit depending on cultivar.
Bananas are not growing and forming full sized fruit.
Some are ripening at a very small immature size with very little, if any, edible interior to them.

After being completely defoliated the jaboticaba and mullberry are rebounding nicely.
All the palms seem to have little to no affects on them.

Most of my orchids are doing well.
The worst affected seem to be the Miltonias and Miltoniopsis'.
All are dead.
Other Obcidium genera look to be doing well.
Several have or are now blooming.

Catts have formed sheaths but are not developing flower stems within.

Dendrobiums looked to have been stunted at first.
But now, seem to have begun a late season growth spurt.

Dendrochilums seem to have liked the goings-on.
They have had, are having, or look to be getting ready for a very strong blooming.


Bromeliads have taken a hard hit, probably due to acid water collecting in the center of the plants, killing the growing tips.


The centipede grass has almost completely died out with a smaller type taking its place.
The lawn is regenerating nicely with changes.

All the sphagnum mosses everywhere look to be dead.

The hapu'u had many fronds "burned" by the gasses.
They are rebounding nicely with new fronds.

The great albezias on the lots across from and behind ours are still defoliated, but the small growing tips of the branches are not breaking off.
I'm thinking they may begin to regenerate soon.
We'll see.

Went to look at a friend's place yesterday.
Her place is in the "dead zone" adjacent to the lava flow.
Driving into her driveway is like going into a recent forest fire area.
All the trees and shrubs are bare until you near her house.
Citrus, jack fruit and other edibles trees are still alive and coming back.
I was amazed.

The last few weeks, or so, we've found a "thundering heard" of centipedes and or millipedes around the house.
They seem to be thriving in the aftermath.
Gonna have to treat for the centipedes around the house's exterior.

Not much seen of LFAs yet.
Coquis look to have not been badly affected.
Nor the rats.

I can go on.
But, that's enough for now.



Thanks for taking the time to observe and write about your observations. I was surprised that some of the orchids survived.
Much Mahalo
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spencerw
Newbie

13 Posts

Posted - 10/12/2018 :  08:29:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1voyager1 thanks for your observations! none of our orchids died over here. i have somewhat similar issues with our bananas not filling out their potential fruits, but it seems the lower bananas on the rack are larger than the ones on the top which lived through more of the emissions. even though they are about 1/2 their normal size their taste is extremely sweet. and our avos are mostly wild and producing just fine, maybe grafts arent quite as strong at making fruits but at least they are green :). the citrus ive tried were pretty bland but oh well. i just started noticing the mosses in the forest just barely becoming green again which is really exciting, the forest doesnt quite have the same feeling without those mosses!
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dan d
Kamaaina

USA
611 Posts

Posted - 10/12/2018 :  10:05:30  Show Profile  Visit dan d's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thats a good sign spencer!


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