Pineapple Plant

ShaqFanColette_34(Southern Cal.)January 18, 2004

I've had my pineapple plant, "Mel", for about 5 years now. I started him by cutting off the top (about 1½" below the green top) of a Hawaiian pineapple I bought at the store and just set it in a clear tupperware type bowl, water filled over the fruit part and kept it in a sunny window sill in Hollywood. I did change the water every couple of days, and roots just started to appear. The green spikes were growing in the middle as well which surprised me. I used some good potting soil and it just kept growing indoors. Now, living by the beach, I've kept Mel outside - and within one year (and a large pot) I've gotten my first pineapple!! It's about the side of a baseball now. Was wondering if anyone knows how long it will take to mature, how I remove it, and how well is Mel going to take these winter months now - even though it rarely gets below 50 degrees?? Thanks in advance for any help... :)

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diggsdrt(z8 nor/cen Cal)

You may want to try the Bromeliad forum as pineapples are of this family. I do believe that like most bromeliads after they bloom, the mother plant will shoot some side shoots or "pups" then eventually die. Don't know if your plant will fully ripen for you, but it is said of pineapples that they don't continue ripening after they are picked, so you want to make sure it's ripe when you pick it. Look for yellow color.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2004 at 11:10PM
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