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steve starts with ...
Hi Everyone,

Have heard you can cut the top off a pineapple & plant it. So Have been searching for some for ages but have noticed their always already cut off these days. But today i found some. So what is the best way to go about it?? Cut & plant straight away?? Refrigerate or not?? What soils do they prefer?? How much water?? Any advice would be great.

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David says...
Talk about coincidence ,just picked the first pineapple out of the garden tonight,for desert.Not bad i might add.First you obtain a top ,remove the lower leaves,leaving about an inch of stump ,leave this to dry about 3 or 4 days or it will rot.I place this into a good potting mix in a pot until growth is seen ,then transfer to the open ground.Hey presto about 18 months to 2 years later you have your own home grown fruit ,lovely. WARNING do not over water or else disaster,enjoy . Hope this is a help.Regards David
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Steve says...
Thanks David,

I'll give that a try.

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rus says...
I know that pineapples traditionally grow in tropical climates, but does anyone know if you could do this in a temperate climate such as perth?
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Rus,

I can grow pineapple in Melbourne and your corner is much warmer so I can't see why not. Please visit my edible to view my plant and note.

Good luck.
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rus says...
Thanks Jujube for sale. I am going to go and get myself a pinapple from the organic grocer tonight and lop the top off. Can't wait!
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Rus,

I normaly get the one with multiple heads and grow that way so I have 4 or 5 plants in one pot. When they have fruits they looks sturning. Please remove the flesh if any and also some bottom leaves and let it dry for a week before planting it. This way the head will not get rotten. Good luck.
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rus says...
I can't find a pineapple with leafs still on anywhere. Even my local organic grocer who is very reliable doesn't have them with leafs on. Anyone have any ideas of where i can find one in Perth Metro area (north of the river).
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VLR says...
I have a pineapple top that I've been growing for several months now in a glazed pot. I actually cut it off and left it dry for several weeks outside because I forgot about it. They're pretty tough. I got my pineapple from Connolly IGA but I don't know whether there's any there at the moment. I notice there are more pineapples available in the warmer months (I got mine in summer).
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Rus,

Very sweet pines are normaly topless because of exclusive research involved and they paid for that and they don't want any one to have a chance to grow them. Special lisence applied.

The normal ones are available in super market and are plenty. Those are ok to eat but not like Mareeba gold always topless.
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David says...
Used to live in NZ,years ago,Auckland in fact, had no problem growing tops there.Just dont over water in the winter time,if in ground or pot,as they will rot.Used to also grow giant granadilla ,lychee,carambola.Good luck.
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Jantina says...
Hi JUJUBE, I had been wondering if that was the reason. I always check out the supersweet ones hopefully, but no the tops are all gone. Thanks.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Jantina,

My favourite one is Mareeba Gold and I bought some in Cairns it was very sweet much sweeter in melbourne because they pick green to send interstates.

I was in Mareeba in January to look for this variety with the top. There was a road side stall near the town to sell a couple of varieties.

They were huge tree ripen golden fruits with tops except Mareeba gold and I asked local who said even with them they never could buy this particular one with the top bits. Now, I can understand why some pines with no heads
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Jantina says...
Drat!Well we just keep looking I suppose, if I ever find any I,ll get some for you too.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Jantina,

I will try to find some this December and I will get you some too. Thanks.
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Jantina says...
Sounds good to me JUJUBE, thanks. Did your son give you the message I left about the vanilla orchid? Yours was much better.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Jantina,

No, I did not get any message but don't worry I will go to garden world very soon.

Thanks

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russ says...
Thought i would report that I got a pineapple from wanaroo market. Let the fun begin!
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Good luck Russ, you will do well.
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Jason says...
I found some at Tony Ales near jandakot on weekend which still had the tops on.

Mines waiting to dry out now then plant up.
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VLR says...
I was at the IGA in Connolly last week and they had "Golden Pineapples" with their tops on. I may buy one and if it tastes nice, I might plant it.
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Brad says...
How are everybody's propagated pineapples going?

I picked up a pineapple (forgotten the name it was marketed under already) with green top today from Wanneroo Markets.

I've twisted off the green, then peeled the bottom leaves as shown. Is this about the right amount of green to stem? (i.e. should I peel any more?) thanks
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tony0010 says...
mines rotting
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Brendan says...
Hi Brad,
Yep, your pineapple top is ready to go in the ground, or, get some premium potting mix and stick it in a pot.
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Alli says...
Hi everyone,
I have been growing pineapples and it has been 12 months since the first fruit appeared, will it fruit again and how often.
Thanks
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Brendan says...
Hi Alli,
Pineapples only fruit once, but usually one plant will give you several 'pups', plus the 'pup' on the top of the fruit, to re-plant.
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Alli says...
Thank you for your reply I wasn't sure,I have had fun growing pineapples and your advice has helped heaps.Thanks again.
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chipper pig says...
g'day people, i found pineapple with their leaves on at a juice bar in midland gate. they grabbeed them out the bin for me
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Mike says...
The slips and suckers from the side and base of the plant fruit in half the time as the tops.I have finally secured the tops of mareeba gold,hawaiin gold and giant rough leaf types and they are so much better than the old fashioned cayennes.The markets are starting to leave the tops of the good types on but not the supermarkets.
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Jantina says...
At last, good news Mike. Any chance of finding me any of those tops at the markets? Happy to pay all costs. Thanks.
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Mike says...
I have only a 3 or 4 tops at the moment but can keep an eye out and get some for you when I see them.
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Jantina says...
Thanks Mike.
jantinarohde at activ8 dot com dot au
maybe (but probably not) I might have something you are after. Let me know if so.
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Mike says...
Jantina just hang in there a little while as I have a few things to send of in the next few weeks.There have been some whoppers of the good pineapples around lately and I might have to 'tank up' on pineapple if I get a few.Mareeba gold is the easiest of the good ones to get.In the past few months I seem to have acquired dozens more fruit trees,herbs and vegie seeds partly thanks to a couple of Daleys regulars.
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Brendan says...
G'day Mike,
I was never a fan of smoothleaf pineapples, and always bought roughies.
Just for fun, I grew a smoothie. Fair dinkum, it was easily the BEST pineapple I've ever tasted! I now grow both :-)
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Mike says...
Most good ones are smooth leafed.It is just the golden circle sunshine coast sour old cayennes have dominated so long and look similar to the golds so people play it safe and eat the roughleafs.
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amanda says...
I never knew that about pineapples guys - I'll be sure to look for the smooth leaves at the shop now! thanks :)
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Deb says...
Mareeba Gold pineapples are now in Woolworths. They are delcious and labelled as low acid. Are they one of these smooth leaf pineapples also?
Thnx.
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Mike says...
Deb they are a smooth leafed one.Of the types around I find the hawaiin gold,mareeba gold and giant rough leafed queen the really good ones.They are sweeter with lower acid than others.Cayenne is the sourer common canning one that is semi-smooth leafed and dominates.They seem to be grown in cooler places.
Jantina I see that I never got around to sending tops.Sorry about that, are you still in the market for them?
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Deb says...
Thank you for the information Mike. I think the tops on these have been cut too much to try to grow them.
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John Mc says...
Bunnings were selling a pineapple plant labeled "Paradise pine" sourced from Pampered Pines Nth Qld last Dec. They matured to a normal size and were the sweetest pineapples I've ever tasted. There was none of that astringency typically seen in normal pineapples, it was as sweet as. The main plant should throw off a pup before it dies and I should get a plant from the pineapple top as well.
I've grown other "normal" pines in the past but had unbeareable amounts of acid content because of the colder conditions it had to ripen under. Maybe these new varieties might be ideal for colder conditions.
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Mike says...
Pups, being both slips and suckers fruit faster than the tops.I have a mareeba and an Hawaiin top ready to roll and I had better get them to Jantina if she still wants them.The paradise may be the nursery's own name for a 'j' series pine.I don't know how each type performs in cold weather.That lovely rich, sweet taste with low acid is the way of the future for pineapples as the sourer ones will get more scarce.I bet they have a resurgence in popularity.
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John Mc says...
They definately have a renewed interest here since the Paradise pines I've just finished growing.
They even threw a couple of good shoots on the stalk, just under the fruit itself, they're growing on very quickly now they're in potting mix.
I never thought I could grow a sweet var here, I'll be propagating as many as I can.
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trikus says...
Recent fruit on my Ananas Tricolour , not really the best tasting as its really only a wild type , just a selected variegated form . I found a few seeds inside , might get some sprouts . I have grown some from seed and have a registered hybrid , made with small dwarf species .
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Mike says...
John, they are slips and take an intermediate time to fruit between the 2 years of the tops and 1 year of basal suckers.Slips take energy from the pineapple and individuals with lots are not preferred for propagation.If you have a good one for your area you have to grow all you can.Like a banana it won't fruit again but suckers that regrow will.Best to leave one and spread the rest.
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John Mc says...
I know pineapples are Bromelaides but that beaut looking pine looks more like an ornamental brom if that makes sense.
Also have an ornamental minature red leafed pineapple just for fun.
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trikus says...
Yes it is more of an ornamental than an edible , especially being variegated.
But it is still a pineapple John.
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Peters fruitfly strategy says...
Hello, I would like to buy pineapple tops suckers slips. Can you help me? Can anyone help me?
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MaryT says...
Paddy's Market (Sydney) had pineapples with their tops on last weekend. Maybe check your local markets?
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Brendan says...
trikus, is that a cashew nut tree I see in the background of pic 1? They need a lot of room don't forget :-)
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trikus says...
Carked it after Yasi .. more of a dry tropics thing .
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Iona says...
Guys, where does this idea that pineapple plants fruit once and die come from? Not in my experience. After fruiting leave the plant in the ground, even though it looks a bit rubbishy, and it will produce suckers. Leave one sucker on the plant and use the others for propagation. The sucker left on the plant will take over and produce a fruit, usually sooner than other propagation material, after all it already has a functioning root system so doesn't expend energy on growing a new one.
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ivepeters says...
Growers, highest sugar content in first fruiting, sold as fresh fruit. Subsequent fruitings sold for canned fruit.
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MIke T1 says...
Pineapple slips and suckers can produce more pineapples but not from the original head.If you plant suckers and slips fruit comes faster than if a top is planted.You would probably get more pineapple per area if you replaced old plants after a single fruit.
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BellaSaff says...
I have a mareeba gold with a partial top. Has anyone ever tried growing from a partial? I was wondering if it would split the head like ponytail palms sometimes do.
I also read somewhere you can develop the plant from cutting off 2 inches of the fruit below the head and whether this appriach may give the top a better chance to photosynthesise and take to regrowth.
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Trikus says...
My mareeba gold was grown from a tiny remnent left on a fruit ..
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