I will plant ʻulu for food and shade

18 03 2012

My intention of buying this breadfruit plant from ʻUlu Rockys Nursery is to put it into the ground and have it flourish into a beautiful tree that will provide food and shade for us. This is the clonally propagated Maʻafala variety that requires 10 ft. x 10 ft. of space and will stay compact and productive with proper pruning. Please click on the links in the text for more information about this wonderful plant breadfruit.

Micropropagation technology has been developed to produce breadfruit plants (Artocarpus altilis), or ʻulu, that are healthy and free of disease, I learned yesterday at an engaging workshop at the Bishop Museum.

Dr. Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai, spoke to describe how new methods of propagation, and cooperation with NGOs and the distribution company Cultivaris, now make it possible to distribute plants worldwide and become part of the solution to feeding the hungry.

The Breadfruit Institute promotes the conservation and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation.

Other highlights: author Craig R. Elevitch, who spoke on agroforestry and food security; and speaker Ian Cole, who spoke on how to grow and maintain ʻulu. Ian Cole cares for the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s breadfruit tree collection in Hana, Maui.

Other useful links:

the Hoʻoulu ka ʻUlu project, and the Breadfruit Cookbook.

Copyright 2012 Rebekah Luke
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