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How to care for pineapple...

Posted by shorembo 9 (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 13, 10 at 15:51

I have around 25 pineapples all around my yard. Some are over 6 feet wide. I have gotten 2 fruit in the last 2 years. How do I get these plants to fruit?

Link to pics

http://thenotsogoodgardener.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-current-pineapples.html

I do notice that most of the in-ground ones look yellow-green as oppose to my potted ones which are a rich green.


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RE: How to care for pineapple...

They take a year to flower-or more,than another 16 months to ripen.You might try feeding with "bloom" fertilizer,or even a few ripe apples around some of those plants and cover for just a few days-venting during the day of course.
The do great in pots-but you wont get full sized fruit even though they are delicious.


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RE: How to care for pineapple...

Stanofh,
I have had some of these plants in my yard for 5+ years. I have not tried forcing blooms. How long does it take and when is a good time to do it?

Thanks


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i would use the apple method. do you cover your pineapples at all in the winter? apple peels release ethylene gas which triggers a bloom, i was asking if you cover them because that would be a good time to put some apple peels under neath them so it traps the gas.


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RE: How to care for pineapple...

I don't cover my pineapples in the winter. How does the apple peel method work? Do you just cut up apples and lay them around the base of the pineapple?


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shorembo,
How large are your 5 year old plants? It sounds very unlikely that a pineapple plant would not fruit after 5 years in the ground.

If your plants are 6ft in diameter they should fruit this coming year.

I've included a helpful link on how to force pineapples plants to fruit.

Here is a link that might be useful: Forcing pineapple fruit


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RE: How to care for pineapple...

I reviewed the forcing info. It mentions three possible chemicals that can be used to force the fruiting:
calcium carbide
Naphthaleneacetic acid
B-hydroxyethyl hydrazine (BOH)

Any idea where to get any of these? They don't seem to come up under regular garden supplies.


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RE: How to care for pineapple...

cover them in a plastic shopping bag for a week and toss in some apple peels, i would probably do it in a few months right before spring when temps are consistently 70F +


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