ardesia said:And in Keauu they have the perfect location and light levels for growing. About 400" of rain a year and the most ideal drainage, it is never muddy there. The gritty soil, if you can call it that, is pure volcanic ash and chock full of minerals and carbon. The temperature is moderate during the day and quite cool at night giving the plants that important rest period. The trade winds provide air circulation so fungal diseases are few.
No wonder plants look and grow differently. Here on the SE coast, it is either hot or cold, usually muggy, soils are sandy with little nutrition or clay like and our nights are hot, hot hot during the summer. , but it's home.