The pleasing pineapple plants
The best knownbecause this group contains the commercial pineapple with its delicious fruit. Attractive, they are highly sought after as decorative plants as well. Easy to grow, they are hardy if given reasonab’p care – and you may be rewarded with a pineapple for your efforts. Both offshoots and the pineapple top can be used to grow more pineapple plants.
Temperature: Average to warm (60-85°F, 16-30°C) all year. Tolerates lower temperatures (50°F, 11 °C) for short periods.
Light: Bright light to full sunlight, but grows fairly well in moderate light.
Water: Keepmedium lightly moist at all times by heavily one or two times each week.
Fertilizer: Apply liquid at the recommended strength at 1-2 month intervals.
Medium: Mixture of one part Canadian peat, one part perlite and one part leafmold or top soil.
Growing Your Own Pineapple
You can easily grow your own pineapple from the leafy top (called the crown) of a pineapple purchased in a grocery store. The crown willeasily and develop into a full-grown pineapple plant with just a little care. And, for your efforts a beautiful red flower stalk with over 150 blue will emerge from the center of your plant after 18-20 months. Then, during the next six months, watch it transform into a beautiful pineapple fruit, which will be sweet inside and ready to harvest when it turns golden about halfway up from the bottom.
Here’s how to begin growing your pineapple. First remove the crown byor twisting it off just above the flesh of the fruit. Then strip off several (10-15) basal (otherwise they will be submerged while rooting and tend to rot.) Rinse off the base of the crown and then prepare to the plant in either one of the following two ways:
Rooting in water: Place the crown in a medium sized wide-necked jar and add water until the base is submerged to the first basal. Put aside in a well-lighted area but not in direct sunlight. Add water daily if needed to keep the same level and change the water occasionally to prevent rotting. Roots will appear in a week or so and when they are about 1 inch (2.5cm) long (in about 4-5 weeks) plant the crown in moist medium in a 6 or 8 inch (15-20cm) clay pot. Be careful not to injure the while planting.
Rooting in soil: Set the crown aside for 6 or 7 days to let the cut end dry. You may apply a rootingafter cutting to help prevent rot and stimulate root growth. When dried out, plant the crown in the potting medium in a 6 or 8 inch (15-20cm) clay pot. Tamp the soil firmly to support the crown and then water thoroughly. Roots will develop in a week or two and soon thereafter the plant will begin to grow.
After you’ve potted your pineapple top (following either method above) and it’s adjusted for a few weeks, place it in a bright window so it gets plenty of sunlight. Transplant to a 12-inch (30cm) pot when it outgrows the 6 or 8 inch (15-20cm) pot.
In summer, place the plant in a sunny location outdoors to increase its vigor and enhance its growth. Be sure to adapt it slowly to full sun so as not to burn it. In full sunlight its leaves will eventually become bright red.