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Pineapples are an easy to grow, low-maintenance plant that grows beautiful egg-shaped violet-red to purple flowers. Each plant produces one fruit and the shoot it was borne on dies back or is cut off. Pineapples can be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit, which can flower in 2 years and fruits in the following 6 months. The fruits can be eaten fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved but eating unripe fruit can cause throat irritation and act as a strong purgative. Some people get hives after eating fresh pineapple. The pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber piña in the Philippines and is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.
Fruits are ripe when they are yellow and can be cut or broken off their stalks. Allow unblemished fruit to ripen.
Plant crowns and saplings 5-10 cm deep and 80 cm apart. Make sure to remove all the fruit flesh and all the small bottom leaves before planting.
Crown cuttings should be planted 10-15 cm deep.
Plant rhizomes 10-15 cm deep.
Plant your sucker in a hole 5-10 cm deep, push the soil back in and firm it around the base. Make sure the soil is moist. Remove any leaves before planting.
Pineapples make good pot plants, as they do not have a large root system.
Attracts sugarbirds, humming birds are pollinators and kept away during flowering to prevent seed from forming.
South America, southern Brazil and Paraguay.
Tropical and Sub-tropical
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The fruits are edible and can be eaten fresh, dried, cooked, juiced, or preserved.
The pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber piña in the Philippines and is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.
Purple, Yellow, Red, Green
Mealybugs, scales, thrips, mites, mealybugs, ants, symphylids, pink disease, bacterial heart rot, anthracnose, fungal heart rot, root rot, black rot, butt rot, fruitlet core rot, and yellow spot virus.
Pineapples are best grown on their own when growing in pots or with plants of similar water and drainage requirements.