Palms, Etc.

Your Source of Tropical and House Plant Seeds from Hawaii

Palms, Etc. is located in Hilo, on the east side of the island of Hawaii.
We provide seeds for tropical plants in small to medium quantities. Our specialties are fresh Gardenia Taitensis (almost year round) seeds and Job's Tears in bulk.
Some hand crafted Job's Tears jewelry made from our own Job's Tears is also available.
Please check back frequently to find out what just came in. Email us if you would like something that you can't find listed.

We also ship the 'bulbs' of bamboo orchids to most states within the US. Shipment to foreign countries can be arranged but needs certification, the cost of which may make this prohibitive.

With the exception of bamboo orchid bulbs, plants or produce can only be shipped within the State of Hawaii at this point.

We accept payment by check, money order or cash as well as

The following are available, with orders taken by email.
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We ship seeds world wide.

Seeds sold per package:

(usually 10 seeds per package, price per package is $1.50+S&H. S+H is $3.50 per order within the US for shipping by first class mail or priority mail.
Please ask about international shipping cost, as well as express mail shipping or shipping by FedEx or UPS.)

Currently available (short time only): Clove seeds (1/6/06), $2.50/package of 10 (they require more processing)

New Gardenia Taitensis, Tahitian Gardenia, Tiare seeds are in (1/16/06).

Also available: about 100 "Hamburger Beans" or seabeans, either Dioclea or Mucuna species, unpolished, for $0.40 each + actual postage.


Monkeypod (Samanea saman), rain tree or `ohai
Royal poinciana (Delonix regia)
Be-still tree (Cascabela thevetia or thevetia peruviana) - all parts of this plant are poisonous
Coral tree (Erythrina sp.), this one has brown seeds
Guava (psidium guajava)
Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia, Green Ebony)
Kukui Nut (Aleurites moluccana)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Papaya (Carica papaya)
Red strawberry guava (psidium cattleianum)
Umbrella tree, octopus tree (Schefflera actinophylla)


Mimosa pudica, sleeping grass, sensitive plant, hila hila (will not ship to tropical or subtropical destinations)
lilikoi, (Passiflora edulis flavicarpa) yellow passion fruit


Bamboo Orchid, (Arundina graminifolia or Arudina bambusifolia) - the seeds are tiny, so there's lots in a package
Philippine ground orchid , (Spathoglottis plicata) - the seeds are tiny, so there's lots in a package


Gardenia Taitensis, Tahitian Gardenia, Tiare
Job's Tears, Mary's Tears, Coix lacryma-jobi, jewelry grade - also sold by weight
ti, (cordilyne terminalis, cordyline fruticosa). Currently available: green/red, red/green/white
Nightblooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

Seeds by weight:

(price includes shipping by 1st class mail in the US)

Job's Tears, Mary's Tears, Coix lacryma-jobi, jewelry grade
Currently 5lb available.
1oz (about 100-130 seeds depending on size): $5.-, add $2.20 for each additional oz up to 8oz.
8oz: $20.-, add $2.- for each additional oz above 8oz. ($36.- for 1lb)
Some off grade seeds available (ok for planting, but germination rate may be lower. I plant these myself, with good success) - make offer.

Bamboo orchid bulbs:

Bamboo orchid bulbs can be shipped tomost states in the US after inspection. The price is $1.-/bulb, minimum order of 50, which includes shipping by priority mail as well as the agricultural inspection. Bamboo orchids bulbs cannot be shipped to California, Arizona, Texas and Louisiana.

Plants and foliage:

Plants are available at the Pahoa Farmers Market (Pahoa, not Maku'u) on Sundays. Due to transport limitatitions I only carry a subset every week. We currently don't ship plants.

Lilikoi/yellow passion fruit (passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa) from $1.-
Clove seedlings (Syzygium aromaticum, Caryophyllus aromaticus, Eugenia caryophyllata) from $ 5.- (depending on size)
Red Ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha) from $ 3.- (depending on size, $1.- per plant + $2.-/foot)
occasionally available: Yellow Ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha) from $ 5.- (depending on size, $1.- per plant + $4.-/foot)
Clumping Fishtail Palm (Caryota Mitis) from $ 5.- (depending on size)
Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona Chinensis) from $ 4.-
Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uniflora) from $ 3. -
Jaboticaba (Eugenia cauliflora) from $ 1.-
Coffee (coffea arabica), in planters from $ 1.-
Coffee seedlings (bare root, large quantities) from $ 0.25
2 varieties of Asparagus Fern ( A. sprengeri and A. plumosus) from $ 0.50, but almost sold out.


During lilikoi season (usually June to January) lilikoi are available at the Pahoa Farmer's Market on Sundays. We also provide Hilo area distributors and merchants with retail grade lilikoi fruit.

Other produce

We occasionally have other produce available at the Farmer's Market in Pahoa. Currently we have dried Hilo grown cloves, Chinese black mushrooms and oregano.

Watch this space for updates.

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Agricultural links and more information

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Last modification: Jan 19, 2005
Maren Purves or my alternate account