A History of Hawaiian Plant Propagation

  • Michael J. De Motta National Tropical Botanic Garden of Hawaii


The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) has been a leader in the propagation and cultivation of rare native Hawaiian plants for several decades. The organisation’s work in rare plant conservation started primarily with field research and has evolved into a large-scale nursery operation. The NTBG now produces thousands of plants a year for ex situ conservation, garden collections and restoration projects. Here a number of Hawaiian species are reviewed, and appropriate propagation and cultural methods for each are discussed.

Author Biography

Michael J. De Motta, National Tropical Botanic Garden of Hawaii
Assistant Director


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How to Cite
De Motta, M. J. (2010). A History of Hawaiian Plant Propagation. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (8), 31-43. https://doi.org/10.23823/Sibbaldia/2010.135