I was surprised to hear there was a native sphagnum species, more surprised how they are stating it hinders the growth of Ohia seedlings yet the found evidence of degrading sphagnum encourages Ohia seedlings. If they want to attack anything I'd be attacking the fiddlewood or put it to use, making more ukelele's and guitars etc. People forget that there are all kinds of elements that go into balancing ecosystems sphagnum is not that fast of a grower nor are Ohias fiddlewood on the other hand is an outrageous invasive almost worse than miconia if not so. On top of that things change always have always will. I find it bizarre how we believe spraying chemicals all over the place to kill this or that is going to result in the ideal goal, chemicals or at least most of the ones we are using kill more things we aren't trying to kill yet we validate the doing so anyway? Seems overkill to me. It seems half of the things I come across are more something to give a reason to do the exact opposite of what we are saying we are trying to do.
The only place I've seen our native sphagnum is atop Mt Ka'ala in Waianae. Ironically it is introduced there and is constantly being removed. Volunteer groups regularly spray the moss with chemicals, leaving it bright blue. However the bog is quite amazing, misty and filled with strange and delicate native plants. If you are lucky you can even find native tree snails and happy face spiders. Although the hike is probably the most rugged and dangerous one I have attempted, it was well worth the climb.
Cool been wanting to do that one had planned to help with the removal but never heard back, another thing we kill even though we ship it in to sell for orchids and even more ironic it's one of the more useful things to air layer Ohia, unless they've started using synthetics. Haven't heard it was that difficult, Olomana though I've only done the first and highest peak two or three times and it a bit of mind warp. Though the view is for sure worth the climb. Still gotta get a pass to hike a couple other high ranking difficulty hikes of the leeward side. But first I think Mt Olympus behind me will have to be conquered. I started it a few days ago but weather was being iffy, but I did find the Hawaiian blueberry, Ohelo, but it's red! But it tastes pretty good.
Post by christianjames on Jun 28, 2013 9:36:32 GMT -10
Photos from the redesign of my greenhouse area during the last month or so. Made a couple new desks and installed some automatic misters. Lots more photos on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/ConcertPhotos
Didn't like how the screening was placed the first time, so time to redo it again
The younger plants and sphagnum were getting too much sun, so I added some shade cloth that I can flip up in the afternoon