who are we?

The People Behind Wailua River Nursery

Wailua River Nursery is a new project of Kauai's Hindu Monastery specializing in popular specimen palms plus low water need plants, such as agaves and aloes, plus a few other popular landscaping plants.

We are a wholesale nursery. The nursery is also located somewhat remotely, so visits are by appointment. Phone: 808-639-1029; email: Wailua River Nursery If you are interested in just the potted plants, you can purchase these at 107 Kaholalele RD, Kapaa (go up Kuamo'o Road from the old Coco Palms Hotel, 4.2 miles and take a left on Kaholalele Road, in the Wailua Rise Estates area. Go to the end of the street and go to the Information Center.

our nursery

In the Hills of Kauai's Coconut Coast

Wailua River Nursery is located five miles from Mount Wailaleale between the North and South Forks of the Wailua River. It was begun in 2010 with the intent of specializing in field-grown palms and other trees, plus selected plants in pots.

contract growing

Future Needs?
We Do Contract Growing

The Nursery has more than a 100 acres of land at its disposal. We can undertake large scale growing projects, especially of field-grown palm stock.

moving specimen trees

Need Help Transplanting Our Field Stock?

We can put you in contact with a contractor who can dig up and transplant the trees for you.

nursery terms used on this site

What Does That Mean—Exactly?

  • xeriscape: Sometimes also called "desert plants," these plants have low water requirements. They do just fine in a tropical environment because they enjoy heat and lots of sunshine. These plants are perfect for developments where irrigation is costly. If you would really like to beautify an area, but don't want to be worried about watering, you can set up a lovely "dry scape" with these plants. Of course, they do need some water to remain healthy. But even if it just rains twice a year, they will survive.
  • armor: Many of the agaves and other xeriscape plants have sharp points at the end and along the edges of their leaves. We also have agaves with minimal or no armor. We've discovered that Kauai's feral pigs respect armored agaves to the extent that they may be kept out of areas by an agave "fence."
  • 3-5-10 "gallon" pots: Please note that manufacturers refer to plastic pots by gallon sizes but they do not necessarily contain what they say they do. A reliable measurement is the pot dimensions. Pot dimensions are:
    • 5 Gal: 11" high X 11.5" wide
  • specimen tree: Also called "field stock," specimen trees (in our case, palm trees) are planted directly in the ground in the nursery. The advantage of this method is that trees grow very strong, are subjected to stress and mature into robust specimens of their species. Developers can move these and have an "instant" full grown landscape without having to plant small trees and wait for them to grow. Most palms, including the ones we grow, transplant easily.