This is Olulu from Hawaii. Also known as Alula or an Hawaiian Palm. There have been many other nicknames including 'Cabbage on a stick'. This beautiful plant is not only a unique houseplant it is also has a very powerful message. Once upon a time, Olulu was very common in Hawaii but now almost extinct. This Hawaiian Palm relies on a very important moth to pass on its babies, but the important moth is now extinct. This powerful plant is a piece of history, symbolising the importance of conservation.
Height (including nursery pot) 40cm; pot diameter 12cm.
Health Benefits- Feel good factor
Pet safe- Mildly toxic when consumed
Lighting for your Hawaiian Plant
Like most houseplants your Hawaiian plant likes, bright indirect sunlight. This means, a nice sunny spot, but make sure it's not getting too much strong direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
Watering your Hawaiian Plant
This little plant is pretty draught tolerant. The biggest NO, NO is overwatering. Make sure the soil of your plant dries out between watering to avoid root rot. This should equate to watering every week or two depending on the position of your plant.
Humidity for your Hawaiian Plant
Olulu will tolerate normal room humidity but, will thrive in higher humidity environments.
Fertiliser for your Hawaiian Plant
Every couple of months in the summer fertilise your Hawaiian plant for the best results. These plants can even flower in ideal conditions.
Repotting your Hawaiian Plant
When Olulu's roots start to grow out of the bottom of her pot, it's time for something a little bit bigger. A houseplant compost mix will be great soil for her.
Hawaiian Plant care problems
Overwatering can cause root rot leading to yellowing leaves and a mushy plant.
Lower leaves will sometimes die to make room for new leaves.