Pineapple Harvest!!

Boca_Joe(zone 7A)September 9, 2008

wow- I just picked and ate my 1st pineapple. It's a variety I got on EBAY a few years ago, called KONA Sugarloaf.

It sent up a flower stalk late this winter in gh.

The fruit was incredible, it was the sweetest pineapple I have /ever/ tasted- and the unique thing abut this one is that /the core is edible/, as good as the flesh of the pineapple-no fiber.

I already twisted off the top and potted it up, and I have at least one pup on the fruiting plant. I am tossing all of the other edible pineapples I have started over the past few years. This is it!

now can you get more tropical than that???

Boca Joe

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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Congratulations!
However, I have a question. After reading that all I had to do was stick the top of a pineapple in dirt and I would get a plant, I tried it and it worked! How do I know when my pineapple is ripe? It is a golden color now. If you have any tips you would like to pass on, I'd be glad to hear them. Thanks, Brandy

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 8:31PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

Hi Brandy,

Usually when it turns slightly golden and smells like a pineapple -it is ripe! It will also twist off easily.

I always pot mine up in orchid bark in relatively small pots (6-8" ) with lots of drainage holes. They seem to do fine inside in winter in bright light and moderate water. Out in summer in full sun to part shade. Fert with MIRACLE GRO or similar several times from MAy till August.

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 4:55PM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Thank you, Joe. It must be ripe then! I will give it a try when I get home, hope it is sweet. (I guess it is not true what I was told, that it takes a pineapple several years to ripen?)
I didn't fertilize it much, just some fish emulsion a couple times over the summer. Maybe it would have been a larger pineapple if I had fertilized according to the directions.
I doubt I will plant any more, I have limited space for plants that have to be brought in in the winter.
thanks again for the info. Brandy

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 12:35PM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Wow! What a sweet pineapple! The best! I never had a homegrown pineapple before. So, are pineapples like tomatoes, is the plant finished now? Will it die? I stuck the top of the pineapple in dirt- wouldn't want to be w/o a pineapple plant. Thanks, Brandy

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 6:50AM
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orchidguyftl(z11 FTL FL)

Well hopefully you dont pick your tomatoes and kill the plant, they can keep producing for years.
Hopefully your pineapple will send up a few pups, new plants, from the bottom as the existing one dies back.
Mine usually produce 3 or 4 pups per plant, though I have mine planted in the ground.
Glad you like the sugar loaf Boca Joe, i have a few of those too, found them at the local Farmers Market down here they are fantastic.
John

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 11:47AM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Thank you orchidguy. Great to know that my pineapple plant may produce some "pups". As for my tomato plants, the cold will kill them off next month (though they are likely to be killed sooner if they don't start producing again!). Then I will plant rye- soil here is all sand and it needs all the help it can get to produce anything. Brandy

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 12:03PM
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topher2006

I just bought a pineapple it has that rock in the pot should i remove that ?.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 2:10AM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

not sure what you mean unless it was treated like a bonsai for some strange reason.

I always grow mine in orchid bark in a well drained pot.

Do you have a photo-

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 3:29PM
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topher2006

Here it is

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 5:54PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

if it were me, I would remove all the rock- is it glued down?

The pineapple looks ripe anyhow

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 5:59PM
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youhunt_yahoo_com

For more than 20 years I have grown pineapples indoors in northern NM. I started with one plant a friend from Hawaii shipped to me. It has usually taken 4 to 5 years for a plant to flower, 9 or 10 months to ripen. I leave mine inside all year. The high altitude sun doesn't seem to do them much good. I have usually been able to save the mature plant after harvest by re-potting immediately. Larger pots make larger plants and fruit

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 11:16AM
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