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Pineapples flowering

Posted by tropicbreezent 12 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 10:26

Just noticed today that I have a whole lot of pineapples flowering. The centres of the plants were covered in fallen leaves and other debris. Cleaning them out I discovered this. There's 8 altogether.

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RE: Pineapples flowering

How nice! How old are these plants?


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RE: Pineapples flowering

I planted them out last season, but I moved them from elsewhere. And they were mixed ages anyway. So a bit hard to say. But from about one to two years old.


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Cool! Only 1-2 years old and they're bearing fruit. I have a few here. I think more than 2 years old, but not fruiting yet. So, what do you feed them with?


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I'm not regular with fertilising but when I do it's a weak solution of fish/seaweed fertiliser. My neighbours get huge pineapple fruit. They fertilise regularly, but I don't know what they use.


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The pineapples are putting on some good growth, but still a fair way to go yet. There's 11 now so hope they don't all ripen at once.


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RE: Pineapples flowering

Lucky- I have two three year old pineapples that get full Southern California sun and they have not bloomed. They are beautiful, but no signs they want to reward me with fruit.


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RE: Pineapples flowering

Pineapples like very acid soil, adding a lot of leaf mulch helps with this. Mine start flowering in winter and fruit ripen by start of summer. Maybe next time round yours will start.


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"I've read" that putting apple slices down the center of the pineapple plant is supposed to induce fruiting. I tried it years ago and it did work for me.


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It's the ethylene gas produced by the apples that initiate flowering in the pineapples. The gas is also used commercially to ripen fruit, although they use gas bottles of it and not apples slices. But the effect is the same. You want to do it at the right time of the year (or have it in climate control conditions) and for the plant to be reasonably mature otherwise you'll get dwarf fruit.


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Yes, on the apple. Try an over ripe apple (or slice of one) on the center of the plant & cover it with leaves or a brown paper bag to trap the gas a little bit.


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pineapples like being fed every three months. even with fertigation and row cover, commercial growers feed every three months. before fertigation they used 8-8-8 granulated garden fertilizer.I start plants in a 3 gal. pot with 2 tbs. 8-8-8 mixed in and gradually increase to 3 heaping tbs. I re-pot at 9 months to a 16 inch pot, pre-fertilized. give them a tbs. of epsom salts at 6&12 months. you can let the soil dry down 3-4 inches. they absorb water at the leaf axils so just need sprinkled durind dry weather. they Hate wet feet. these were started last summer. ignore the sweet potato vines.


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I fertilise mine every few weeks or less with diluted fish/seaweed fertiliser.


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Well, they're getting to the size you often see them being sold in shops. But I think there's still a good few weeks before mine start being ready for picking.

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