Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Unusual looking plants and flowers from Hawaii

Unusual looking plants and flowers from Hawaii

sago palm frond cluster






Some pictures taken in Haiku Maui, June 2008.



This is the new growing center of a sago palm.  Those little shoots will grow to be about 5 feet long, with sharp spikes along the center rib.  Now they are velvety and soft.










large bromeliad flower stalks







These bromeliad plants have huge flower spikes that stand 4 feet tall.  The "air plants" are very low maintenance, yet continue to produce these incredible blooms every year.











maui pineapple plant


Pineapple -

You all know what this is, and here it is growing in a pot.  Yes it's true, you can grow a whole new plant like this from the cut top of your fresh pineapple.  It just takes a really long time to grow.  They used to grow them commercially in many more parts of Maui than they do now.  It's kind of a declining industry, but the fresh fruit market is replacing the canned product, with great success.

Aloha and thanks for visiting my Maui blog - your comments are appreciated.

Comment balloon 19 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • June 17 2008 05:28AM


Cool looking plants. I wish some of these would grow in my climate. They would look great around the pool and then I would THINK i was in HI.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 11 years ago

Georgina - I love fresh pineapple...  I think that they are a beautiful plant too.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 11 years ago

Thanks for the pictures. My wife was walking byand stoppped to check them out! The pineapple looks really cool!

Posted by Rob Muller, Cherokee County Real Estate (ReMax Town & Country) about 11 years ago

We also have Sago Palms in Hilton Head.  In fact, I have a new sprout coming out that looks just like your photo.  We cut ours at the base in the fall and they always sprout beautiful new leaves in the spring.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) about 11 years ago

I've heard that about growing a pineapple plant.....  I'm gonna have to try it :)       The pics are great, Georgina. 

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) about 11 years ago

Georgina,   I never knew how a pineapple grows.  Thank you for the pictures.  Happy blogging.

Posted by Jimmy McCall, The Ex-Mortgage Consultant ( about 11 years ago

Ok now you are just showing off!!! lol!!! Actually those are just amazing photos, we love to see things from other areas of the country!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) about 11 years ago

It must be fun to garden in such a lush place...amazing plants you have :-)

Posted by Patrice Estess (PB APPRAISALS) about 11 years ago

Hunter-I think we are starting to have blogging telepathy. I was walking back to the office after going home for lunch and was thinking how it would be good to do a neighborhood walk flora post. I saw a couple of different shades of hibiscus, plumeria, ripe mangos, ripening lilikoi, young avocado, citrus, ti plants, noni and more.

Posted by Pete Jalbert, R(S) (The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. ) about 11 years ago

Laura - mmmm pool - I'd like to close my eyes and imagine I'm by the pool!

Debbie - I've seen them used as a landscaping plant, and they make a great border

Rob - I never throw away the tops anymore

Diane - do you mean you cut them right off?  So they never get tall?

Kara - just be patient... like about 3 or 4 years!

Jimmy - glad I could enlighten you

Charles - there's so much variety here, I couldn't resist

Patrice - it is fun, and I'm off to water my garden next

Pete - i'm psychic, didn't you know?  (or is that psycho?)

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 11 years ago

My first trip to Hawaii was in  January. I got to the Dole plant too late to learn more about the pineapples, but I saw the different kinds of pineapples growing. I didn't knkow how they looked before that trip. I also didn't know it took years to grow them from a top. Interesting.

Posted by Julie Kippen about 11 years ago

Those are some lovely plants. Sago palms do well here too, but I really liked seeing the bromeliads.

Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) about 11 years ago

Julie - the nice thing about growing a pineapple is that they are very low maintenance... and they can take poor soil and very little water.

Frank - glad you liked them.  You could probably grow a pineapple, if you take it inside for the cold months.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 11 years ago

Hey sounds like my kind of plant! I tend to kill things when I am at home all the time. Now that I am in Utah part of the time I don't even try to grow anything.

Posted by Julie Kippen about 11 years ago

That is so neat that you can grow a pineapple from the cut off top!!!  I will have to try it in a pot so I can bring it inside.  My kid LOVE pineapple, so it would be funny to see if we could actually let it alone till it ripened!!!

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) about 11 years ago

It's fun to watch the "baby" pineapple emerge and grow, and turn yellow.... but you must have infinite patience.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 11 years ago

Very pretty, wish I was there with you.

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate about 11 years ago

Georgina - BEAUTIFUL photos! I am pleased to report that all three also live here in Florida!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 11 years ago

April - be careful what you wish for! haha

BJ - eating a pineapple is better for you than a cheeseburger, but not as much fun

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 11 years ago

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