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3 Native Hawaiian Plants You Can Keep Indoors August 30, 2019

Kaneohe, Koolaupoko
3 Native Hawaiian Plants You Can Keep Indoors, Koolaupoko, Hawaii

If you don’t have a yard yet still want to enjoy some tropical beauty in your home, you can bring native Hawaiian plants indoors. Here are three species that will brighten up your living space. 

3 Native Hawaiian Plants Ideal for Your Home

1. Papala

The papala has thick, green leaves measuring six to 12 inches long. Veins on the leaves can range from lighter shades of white and yellow to rich red. When the papala flowers, you’ll notice its red, stringy branches more so than the tiny, oval blossoms. The plant thrives in potting soil with daily watering. Regular applications of fish-based and slow-release fertilizers also help encourage growth. The amount will depend on the species. While larger pots are ideal for this native Hawaiian plant, smaller ones will require more watering.

native Hawaiian plants2. Ti Plant

Also known as ki in Hawaiian, the ti plant has sturdy leaves in a variety of colors, such as purple, orange, red, and pink. When flowers bloom, they display similar hues. Some varieties also produce berries. The plant can reach heights of 10 feet when grown outdoors. Inside, this native Hawaiian plant adapts to indoor lighting and requires plenty of water. A slow-release fertilizer also helps provide soil nutrients.

3. ‘Ala‘ala Wai Nui

The ‘ala‘ala wai nui has small, fleshy leaves of either dark or light green, depending on its species. When mature, the plant will produce brown or black fruit. Position the plant in a shady spot indoors away from direct sunlight, and water enough to keep the soil moist but not saturated. Mist the leaves with water no more than twice a day. 


Find indoor plants for your home at Hui Kū Maoli Ola Native Hawaiian Plant Specialists in Kaneohe, HI. Since 1992, they’ve advocated the islands’ natural culture through their native Hawaiian plant nursery. Their expert team also specializes in customized landscaping designed to embrace Hawaii’s outdoor habitats. To learn more about their plants, call (808) 235-6165 or visit the website.

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