Tropical Gardening: Rains leach nutrients from Hawaii soils

  • Courtesy of VOLTAIRE MOISE The contrast between dark green coconut palms in the distance and the orangish green of the palms in the foreground show symptoms of mineral deficiencies. However, a complete fertilizer would be appropriate in the shallow rocky soils. Irrigation during dry periods is also essential.

Although heavy periods of rainfall in some parts of our island have caused the loss of essential nutrients, other areas have experienced dry conditions. Some areas were even suffering from drought.