Why Hawaii is a Grower’s Paradise
When you think about Hawaii you think pineapple and beautiful flowers. But, those are not the only things that are grown on the island. Hawaii’s soil and climate provide the right growing conditions for other crops. The variety of Hawaii’s crops grown allows for the production for both local use and exportation.
Rich Soil Conditions
Hawaii’s soil is rich in minerals because of volcanic activity. It is the ash from the volcano that contains the minerals. So when the ash covers the land, it mixes with the soil and the soil then absorbs the minerals. These minerals help make the soil fertile and good for growing.
The soil over the Hawaiian island can vary depending on where you are. Other factors that can play into the soil conditions include acidity, drainage, and sunlight. On the east side of Hawaii, the soil is more acidic. But the west side of Hawaii the soil is less acidic. Some areas of Hawaii the soil drains easier than others. If the soil drains easier, the soil is not as wet or damp. The dampness of the soil can determine which plants will grow better in that particular area.
The Perfect Growing Climate
Hawaii’s consistent temperatures, humidity, and rainfall also contribute to the grower’s paradise. With the average temperatures ranging between 78 - 85 degrees year round, there is usually no need to worry about frosts that may destroy the crops. The humidity is moderate which allows for the crops to flourish. The crops need water to grow and that is not a problem for Hawaii because it rains every day somewhere on the island.
Hawaii does not just grow pineapples and flowers. The growing conditions allow for the island to also grow:
Knowing the needs of each of the various crops will help you determine where on the island they can flourish. For example, tea needs to grow in more acidic soil so it grows well on the east side of the island since the soil is more acidic there. But, coffee needs less acidic soil to grow. So coffee grows best on the west side of the island in less acidic soil.
Hawaii’s rich soil, perfect climate, and consistent rainfall make it a grower’s paradise. Local businesses enjoy the variety of crops available and can provide unique fresh flavors in the food and drink they serve.