What the Heck kind of bromiliad did my PO plant?

alys_esmond(9b Orlando)March 3, 2012

Under my magnolia tree is a ring of what looks like pineapple plants. Today I found one flowering (inflorescing?): From Garden

Any thoughts on what this is?

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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

PO = Parole Officer?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 10:51PM
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alys_esmond(9b Orlando)

Ha, ha, love_the_yard!

Previous Owner... the fine lady who planted sun-loving plants in the shade (bougainvillea under a NW-facing porch, blue sky vine at the base of a live oak tree) , shade loving plants in full sun (Camellia in the middle of the yard, oyster plant out by the mailbox) , dry-loving plants in moisture (crown of thorns in a hole beside a sprinkler) and EVERYTHING too close to fences or walls (Crepe Myrtle trunk 3' from the house).

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 11:04PM
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stuartwanda(N. Stuart)

It sure looks like a pineapple to me. You'll find out soon enough. If it is a pineapple it will take another 5 months to ripen.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 6:42AM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

I agree. That pineapple will be the sweetest you have ever tasted.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 8:24AM
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gusolie

Nope, that's not a pineapple (there's no crown of leaves at the top). Also, there is a lack of spines on the leaf margins (another indicator of species in the genus Ananas). I think it's some species of Bromelia, such as the native pinguin.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 7:25PM
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shuffles_gw

It looks just like my pineapples. I've had a few pop out in the past week or so. Some have spines on the leaves and some are smooth. The one on the smooth leaf variety is more pink than red. I guess the crown of leaves comes later.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 11:54AM
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alys_esmond(9b Orlando)

Hmmm,

guess I'll have to wait and see how the fruit develops.

I know it looks a little different from my actual pineapple tops I planted last year, those certainly have attack spines, but these guys have spines further up the leaves.

It's got more flowers today, a very pretty purple!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 1:15PM
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alys_esmond(9b Orlando)

Update!

It's a pineapple!
I'm so very pleased.
Over the past week or so it's gone from purplish, to dark green, and yesterday I saw the bright yellow.

Wandered over to look at it and could smell it... mmmmm!
Noticed that it was beginning to fall off its stalk, so picked it this morning.

I think I'll give it a day or two to completely ripen though.

I've finally beaten the squirrels to something!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 11:25AM
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nessz79_10a

What a beautiful pineapple!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 12:03PM
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tinael01(10A)

I agree...that is an absolute stunner of a pineapple! Let us know how it tastes.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 4:06PM
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cearbhaill

Don't harvest it too soon- mine always tasted the sweetest when I waited until the stem bent.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 4:15PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
You were right both ways . Pineapple are a type of Brom as well as a dozen kinds of pineapple. That one is looking good!! gary

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 4:46AM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

Drooling here! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 9:20AM
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