Pineapple Plant

smokedbyremy(Sunset Z18, SoCal)June 28, 2010

I have two pinapple plants in my yard that are getting burned foliage. I thought pineapples were able to withstand the full sun in Hawaii, so why not in So Cal?

Also what is the best soil mixture for these plants? Any and all info is appreciated.

Thanks.

Remy

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vriesea

Hi Remy ,pineapples can stand full sun just about anywhere on earth ,have you checked wether they are dry in the pots or in the ground ? a dry root system is often the problem with sunburn as well as cold damage , so other than that i am at a loss ,still wich type / form / species are you growing ?
Jack

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 1:30AM
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smokedbyremy(Sunset Z18, SoCal)

Jack,
Both are grocery store bought. One was from my late mother. Been growing (not too well) for about two years now. The other I bought, also at grocery store. Just the typical pinapples in the produce section. I can't remember if it was Costa Rica or Hawaii grown. Also, my mom's has long slender leaves, and mine has fatter, shorter leaves.

Anyways, I think that they may have been allowed to dry out on more than a few occasions as you mentioned could be an issue. Maybe I just need to start watering more frequently.

It's too bad too, because at one point last year, they were both growing really well.

Thanks Jack.

Remy

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 2:00AM
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vriesea

Sorry Remy ,forgot to mention , any mix recommended for Cymbidium Orchids will be suitable Ok ?
Jack

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 2:45AM
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smokedbyremy(Sunset Z18, SoCal)

Thank you Jack.

Remy

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 9:52AM
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kerry_t_australia(9)

Hi Remy,

Regards the best soil mixture for growing pineapples - I have a different opinion to Jack. Pineapples are strictly terrestrial in both their natural habitat and when grown commercially - never epiphytic. Therefore, I believe the best soil mix should be a rich, fine potting mix in a large pot, or grown in normal garden soil in the ground. They thrive on plenty of moisture and lots of fertiliser.
I hope this helps rather than confuse.

Cheers,
Kerry

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 6:55PM
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smokedbyremy(Sunset Z18, SoCal)

Thanks Kerry.

I've also since read that they thrive on nitrogen.

Remy

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 10:09PM
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