How long before a pineapple ripens?

theseventhlegendAugust 6, 2007

How long does it usually take for a pineapple to be ready to pick after it forms? I have 2 and one is about 4-5 months old and only about 6-7 inches tall, not counting the crown(very firm still) and 4-5 inches in diameter. The other is also 4-5 months old but only 4-5 inches tall and 4-5 inches in diameter. This one looks like a pineapple softball. lol

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houstonpat(9a)

Mine set these fruit in mid-late summer and ripened feb-apr. Be careful of varmits. A possum got my #3 one. Next time I'll surround with chicken wire.
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    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 3:58PM
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theseventhlegend

Cool. So I'm thinking mine will be ready sometime in early to mid fall then. Houstonpat I can't believe your pineapples made it through the winter. Any frost? Only thing I've had to worry about so far is ants but I got those under control. But once the animals can start smelling my fruits I may have more problems.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 4:34PM
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houstonpat(9a)

Of course frost is an issue here in Houston. Around Thanksgiving I set them next to the side of my cheapy greenhouse and throw clear sheet plastic loosly over the top. I recommend supporting the fruit, cuz if it gets heavy it will break the stem early.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2007 at 9:43AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

I agree, do support your pineapple because the one I grew here fruited in the spring after 1 yr in a pot and keeping overwinter in the unheated garage. It grew to about a little over softball size and then grew a really huge green top on it. It got so heavy that it broke the stem. So now its sitting on the table unripe.

A question... will this ever ripen? There is some gold color on one side of the fruit but no smell (like ripe pineapple smell). It feels fairly hard.
I dont know what variety it is but was started from a supermarket pineapple that said 'from mexico' on the sticker.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2007 at 10:35PM
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houstonpat(9a)

It should ripen. Some cultivars of Pineapple are resistant to darkening, others aren't; so with this first one you'll see. Your parent plant should be well cared for and should produce various forms of offsets which will likely be more robust than your original plant, producing better fruit.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2007 at 9:21AM
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Tarvus(z10FL)

I am in zone 10 in southwest florida. I find that it typically takes 5 1/2 to six months from first sign of inflorescense to picking the fruit. I normally see first signs of inflorescense in late January and usually start picking by early July.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 12:15PM
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barbcoleus(z10 Cape Coral,Fl)

Tarvus! I know you! and I know Chuck and The Yard Dogs! and I'm friends with Deb!!
Small world
Barb

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 11:59PM
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Tarvus(z10FL)

Hey Barb! Small world indeed! :)
Yard Dogs friends are everywhere!
Tarvus

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 11:30AM
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theseventhlegend

My pineapples flowered in mid March. They grew for a while then slowed down. Now they're growing bigger again. It's been about 5 months. 1 is softball size the other is about 1/2 the size of a 2 liter of coke in height but about that wide. Both have large crowns. Neither have been tipping over yet. So when should I add support to them? Also the softball size pineapple is starting to get a little gold on the back side. Both still feel firm.

I'll try and post some pics shortly.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 2:27PM
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theseventhlegend

Here's a few pics of my pineapples.

Pineapple #1

Pineapple #1

Pineapple #2

Pineapple #2

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 4:49PM
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sumala(9 fl)

Gotta brag :)
Pair of 8 pounders...

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 7:33AM
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houstonpat(9a)

Oh yeah! Good job sumala. Nothin beats the flavor of ripened on the plant.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 10:33PM
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flying_wahini1955(houston 8b)

Man! I am swooning over those big pineapples! WOW.
Did you feed them?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 7:16PM
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sumala(9 fl)

I feed mine with half strength miracle grow or fish emulsion. I have no regular feeding schedule, just whenever I think about it.

I actually planted these for erosion control on the side of a very sandy bank next to a pine tree stump. I never really expected them to do much :)

Here is a photo of them while still on the plants...

    Bookmark   September 8, 2007 at 4:28AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Were those from store bough fruit tops? I have one in a pot outside that i'll bring in soon for the winter. Its grown nicely and the roots are poking out of the bottom of the pot, but i don't think i'll replant until next spring.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2007 at 10:35PM
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sumala(9 fl)

Mine were kinda store bought. I dug the original tops out of a dumpster about 15 years ago and have been replanting from them ever since.

Living in south Florida has it's advantages. I have about 50 of them planted here and there kinda helter-skelter and no frost worries.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 7:26AM
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rjinga

I'm curious if these plants will stay alive year after year and bear fruit as well? I puchased two this weekend at a local grocery store floral area....they both have small pineapples on them one the size of a baseball, the other is a bit larger (since they do have fruit growing on them is this indicating that they are at least several years old?)

    Bookmark   November 24, 2007 at 6:54PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Sumala
The pineapples are nice but what is the secret to growing Budweiser at the same time?? lol Do you think Mexican varieties would give me Corona?? lol gary

    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 5:17AM
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sumala(9 fl)

rjinga, the original root system will live a long time and continue putting out new plants. I have some that may be 10-15 years old. I'm not sure just how old they are. All I really know is I planted them there a long time ago and every year I still get a coupla small fruits from them.

I get my best fruits and largest plants from newly planted tops. For me, they start falling in size after the second or third growth cycle.

Gary, wish I could grow my buddy or corona. It would save me a fortune :(

    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 12:15PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
When I visited Costa Rica I toured a commercial pineapple farm. They were growing them on hills in rows at mid altitude. Plants were about 4 feet tall and they regularly produced 10 pond fruit!! The soil was volcanic and very rich looking. I wanted to ask so many questions but my Spanish stinks lol.
Anyway they were growing some types that produced red fleshed fruit . Incredibly sweet fruit and they sold them for 50 cents lol. Anyone know about these types?? There was also a wwhite variety Have never been able to locate either one or even find the names?? gary

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 6:34AM
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zozo13

Hi, I was reading about the ant problem, can you tell me how to deal with the ants in mine? been growing my pineapple for a year now and put out on the deck in the spring, now its full of ants...any advice? Also have another one that's a year old too and hasn't grown much at all compared to the other one....thanks for any help.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 4:33PM
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