need lots and lots of pineapple suckers

klavier(Z7 Baltimore)June 7, 2012

Anyone know where I could order 5 million pineapple suckers? Need to plant 200 acres in Sierra Leone.

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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Google might be your best friend. Is Sierra Leone in Hawaii? Do you actually NEED, or do you WANT? Huge difference.

Sounds like you are a commercial grower, and most of us here are just back yard gardeners. Maybe you should check with the AG wholesalers.

Suzi

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 12:01PM
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tropicbreezent

Sierra Leone is in Africa. Finding 5 million pineapple suckers won't be easy. You'd probably have to go to a large number of growers and see how many spares they can come up with. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 4:27AM
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klavier(Z7 Baltimore)

Google has helped. Looks like tissue cultured plants is the best option for such a large number, but for how much it will cost ($0.50) I can build a tissue culture lab and grow the plants on site. My neighbor runs a not for profit that has built a mango packing plant in Sierra Leone to provide economic resources to the region. Unfortunately mangos only fruit two months of the year. The other large crop in the area is pineapple, but there is not enough plants in the continent to plant the scale of production they need. Land, farmers, facilities is not the lacking resources, it is availability of so many starter plants that is preventing ramped up production. As a Bioengineer, my neighbor asked me to look into ideas.

Cheers,
Werner J Stiegler

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 11:12AM
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klavier(Z7 Baltimore)

Google has helped. Looks like tissue cultured plants is the best option for such a large number, but for how much it will cost ($0.50) I can build a tissue culture lab and grow the plants on site. My neighbor runs a not for profit that has built a mango packing plant in Sierra Leone to provide economic resources to the region. Unfortunately mangos only fruit two months of the year. The other large crop in the area is pineapple, but there is not enough plants in the continent to plant the scale of production they need. Land, farmers, facilities is not the lacking resources, it is availability of so many starter plants that is preventing ramped up production. As a Bioengineer, my neighbor asked me to look into ideas.

Cheers,
Werner J Stiegler

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 6:34PM
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tropicbreezent

We have a lot of under utilised mango packing plants that lie idle a lot of the year. That's why some people are going into lime production as the same packing facilities are suitable for the limes as well. And they need fewer plants per hectare than they would with pineapples :O)

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 1:28AM
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klavier(Z7 Baltimore)

Limes, I will have to look into that. Thank you for the feedback. Cheers, Werner

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 11:25AM
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klavier(Z7 Baltimore)

Limes, I will have to look into that. Thank you for the feedback. Cheers, Werner

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 12:14PM
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greyghost61(8b SoWeGa)

Don't they have humming birds in Africa? If they do pineapples might not be a good idea, they would get seedy. Hence the growing of commercial pineapples in hawaii, no humming birds.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 9:17AM
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