linda_leaf z10fla(10A Florida)July 31, 2012

I am growing pineapples in 5 gallon buckets (holes drilled in bottom for drainage). I removed the pups that were growing in between the leaves as my pineapple developed and reached maturity. Now that I have harvested the very tasty pineapple I noticed that there is yet another pup on the plant and it is getting to be quite large. Can I just leave this pup alone and expect to get another pineapple or do I remove it and pot it up as usual? And can I reuse the 5 gallons of soil for pineapples?

Linda Leaf

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The top that produced the fruit will die off but will produce suckers that will develop and produce more fruit.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 5:04PM
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I would say just leave the large pup. It should have another pineapple in the future.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 6:30PM
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postlethwait(10Lehigh Acres)

Usually second pineapple isn't very good, but break off the pup and plant it. I just let the plant go and can usually get several pups within a few months and then plant all the pups.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 10:09PM
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linda_leaf z10fla(10A Florida)

OK, I have decided to leave the one pup on the plant just to see what happens. I have pups forming on all my plants now.
Linda Leaf

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 4:52PM
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Linda ~ I have been growing pineapples for a while now and I tried what you are wanting to do. When the sucker gets to the point of fruiting, the sucker needs to be supported because it is weakly attached to the mother plant. The weight of the fruit will cause the sucker plant to break off, thus loosing you potential harvest. To play it safe, it is best to separate the sucker.


    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 7:57PM
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linda_leaf z10fla(10A Florida)

Oh, I see. So I will remove the sucker and treat it like I do all the other pineapple tops.Is there any reason I cannot reuse the 5 gallons of soil from the buckets for the new pineapple plants?

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 3:02PM
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