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ran starts with ...
does any body know how to grow pineapple?
do you get seeds or plant the tops or is there some other way?
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roger
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18th July 2010 12:49pm
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John says...
I have grown one from a pineapple that I had just purchased from a supermarket. I just choped off the top, took off the bottom leaves and it sat there for about a week before planting. It took a long time before it did anything but after a while another one grew from the side. As for when it will have more fruit I am not sure, I think it takes about two years not sure. Well good luck.
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18th July 2010 2:30pm
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Charles cant spell says...
Yes plant tops as John says above, its more a novelty than a production line.
I am no expert but I dont think you growth rate will be at all fast in Canberra. Mine grows slowly enough in Perth. I know people who have 2 year old plants but no fruit has arrived yet.
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18th July 2010 2:36pm
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Steven says...
Hi.

Yeah the best way to grow pineapples is either using the tops or slips. just get a good pinapple from a fruit shop twist the top off, take off the bottom leaves to about an inch and cut the bottom just enough so you can see the capillaries poking through (they look like the ends of little straws), leave it to dry for about a week and plant it in well draining soil. I put root hormone on mine and they all grew really well, but i dont think you need it.

as for looking after them, they are pretty much the same as all bromelaids. make sure the rosette in the centre always has water in it (they naturally grow in the mexican desert so they are pretty water hardy though). every couple of weeks i water mine with seasol and every couple of months sprinkle some chicken pellets over the leaves and into the centre. They feed and drink mainly through their leaves so its more important that the leaves get watered etc than the soil.

They prefer full sun 12 hours a day and dont like hail!

When they fruit its not really a matter of time, its more size. they will usually start to fruit once they get to about a meter in diameter usually this takes about 24months when they are grown from tops.

If you know anyone who grows them or there are any pineapple farms near you you can also grow pineapples via slips. these grow just beneath the base of the fruit and apparently fruit within about 12-18months rather than 24.

I hope this helps

Steven
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18th July 2010 5:22pm
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Rhys says...
I'm growing one at the moment (see here: http://myfolia.com/plantings/150434-pineapple-ananas-comosus), and like other people have suggested, it was from the top of a store bought pineapple. Unfortunately most of the patented super-sweet ones are now sold without their tops, to stop you doing exactly what we're suggesting :(.

I've heard 1-2 years for a flower, and then 1 year for the fruit to develop and ripen...so not especially productive, but still fun! :)

Also, apparently they like acidic soil.

Good luck!
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18th July 2010 10:13pm
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Steven says...
Once they fruit they will die, but they will leave a couple of suckers growing at the base. If you break them off and just leave one and then plant the rest to grow more pineapples or give them to friends you should be able to do it in a way where you will get pineapples every season.
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Steven
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ran says...
i just planted the top and i have placed it under a shade cover to keep away frost
thanks you all i hope i can at least get it growing but will probly die of frost any way but still fun
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Rhys says...
On the topic of pineapples, the tips on mine have gone brown...i'm assuming its something to do with the cold weather, but i wanted to make sure it's nothing more sinister, and also if i should do something about it? Cut them off? Treat with something? Move it inside?
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Jason says...
Hi Rhys,
I have done the same as Ran and kept them under cover. Still very dark green and no browning tips.

Originaly I cut a large section of the top off the pineapple and then broke away the flesh to leave the round core and the green head.

Stuck it in a mixture of potting mix and bark 50/50 then put down the side of the house under the eaves and forgot about them.

Roots have taken off and now the head is about twice the size.

Been, I think about 9 months now
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19th July 2010 9:55pm
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Steven says...
I wouldnt worry about the browning on your leaves unless it starts to get much worse. my pineapples do that too an i ignore it. they will go downhill during winter but they'll pick back up in spring, just make sure they are watered every now and then and they havent dried out.
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20th July 2010 6:32pm
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asapp09 says...
I have several several pineapple plants growing, some from original fruit tops that I planted and 8 from slips that I have taken off 3 plants. I only have one mother plant that after 4 years fruited, which is pictured, and that top is now planted and doing fine. My mother plant that everyone tells me to throw away because it will die is now on it's second batch of slips - new pineapple plants in just 4 months. All 3 of my adult plants are now putting on new slips for the second time this summer. The two plants that were old enough to fruit did not and instead has been very busy in there own right with the slips. Has anyone else had this going on? Just curious to know what's happening with them.
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28th August 2010 11:45pm
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Tom says...
Hi asapp09,
We've had similar instances, but here's a trick that works every time to get them to start fruiting. I think it's supposed to work on all bromeliads, but I've only ever tried it on our pineapples. At the expense of a good apple, you'll get your plants to set fruit; then you'll wait almost a year for the fruit to ripen, and a possum or racoon will sneak in the night before you intend to pick it and take one big bite out of it and leave the rest for you (at least that's what happens here often.) By the way, is that jacksonville FL, just up the road from us; or is that a jacksonville in Oz?

Lift up the leaves and wrap loosely together with string so that the plant isn't spread out so much. Tuck an apple (doesn't matter what kind) up close to the stem and cover the pineapple plant and the apple with a plastic garbage bag. I always use a white one so that light still gets in; plus it won't retain as much heat as black. Tie the bag shut at the ground where the stem goes through with the apple inside, and let it there for a week. If a critter doesn't rip open the bag to get the apple, the apple ripens and emits enough ethylene to trigger a bloom on the pineapple which should appear in about 4 to 6 weeks. Ours have been in the ground for almost eight years, and they don't die after they fruit; they just make babies and get bigger (just like people!).

A friend at work gave me that hint years ago, and it's worked every time.
Tom
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29th August 2010 2:14am
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Jantina says...
That's a very handy hint to know Tom , thanks.
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Steven says...
Thats an interesting tip to know, i never thought that would work to get plants to fruit. i know you can get a banana to ripen fruit for the same reason but i never knew you could do it with a living plant.

Ill have to try that.

Thanks

Steven
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John Mc says...
Here's a pic of a pup (sucker) comming up from the base of the adult pineapple plant. If you've grown bromelaids before you'll know exactly how they grow.
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Rev says...
For backyard
grow the 'roughs'
the spiney edged leafed types
harder to handle but oh so much better tasting
but an increasingly rare commercial breed

you know this by their market premium!
a good rough you can knock the top of and eat with a spoon

they are in season now
if you cannot get, ill gladly sell you at cheap rates the trimmed tops, you can subsidize my childrens good nutrition!
once you have them, you always have them
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Rev
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31st August 2010 9:44pm
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Jantina says...
OK Rev, I,d like to have a go, how much do you want for 3 or 4 tops?
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Rev says...
lol
howeer much the pienpple costs plus postage :)

atm thats about $2.50 a top
roughs are always at a premium over the canning types

Ill trim them, dip them in sulphur and let them dry a week
at any rate i should get eating...
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John Mc says...
I'd be interested in trying a couple as well Rev. The kids are going to be sick of pineapples.
On the subject, what's the go with those multi heads I see around now? I bought one that's got about 8 growing tips.
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trikus says...
cristate or monstrose fruits are common with over fertilization .
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Jantina says...
Great Rev, let me know where to send the money. jantinarohdeATactiv8DOTnetDOTau
Keep chomping!
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Salsta says...
Hi Rev

I'd love to try. I have a couple of lovely winter warm micro-climates in the garden and I have another couple of pineapples growing, so if you can spare some roughies, I'd please let me know.

You can contact me at edwardsDOTsallyAT gmailDOTcom

Cheers!
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trikuslaptop1 says...
Rev is in Indonesia now I think ..been 4 years since that offer was posted .. must keep a look out for some roughies .. only got a few .
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Salsta says...
My local fruit shop told me that they usually have roughies on Mondays. I forgot to go looking last week. I must remember tomorrow.
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LillianLee says...
Hi
we have lots of pineapples from one store bought one.
if your weather is warm and there is lots of rain your pineapple will grow fast and fruit fast.
when you pick your fruit hold it with both hand and gently rotate it. it will detach from the plant. leave the plant and it will produce at least two more fruit and many suckers that you replant.
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Jojo beanz says...
Hello everyone,

I am need of some help. I have had this pineapple plant for 1.5 years, after the first year it starting becoming less green, the leaves close shut, is very brittle and started getting these spots. Ive read up on so many websites and tried spraying it with diluted soapy water, fertilizing it, changing the soil, let it dry a bit (thinking maybe over watering was a reason) etc. Nothing has worked. Does this look familiar to anyone? I dont know what it is and dont know where to take it to get more info on how to treat it. Its still alive but getting worse. Any help is great! Thanks in advance!
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