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Pineapple Love

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Baby Pineapple

 

It's living and growing!

 

Starting to get out of control, you can see its younger brother two shelves below (he's outside now too)

 

 

This morning out back

Exactly one year ago today I posted about my beloved pineapple plant. When we first moved to San Francisco funds were pretty tight. I’d read about growing a pineapple via You Grow Girl so we bought a nice looking pineapple (native to Paraguay and Brazil) at the market, ate it and saved the top. I peeled off the bottom leaves, let it dry out for about a week or so then stuck it in dirt. Two and a half years later we have a gigantic pineapple (Ananas comosus) plant. It’s the only bromeliad fruit cultivated on a large scale.

A few days ago we found that ants started a party under it, so it needed to go outside. I’m guessing it’s about six feet wide. We’ll see how it goes outdoors. The coastal SF weather is not ideal, but it’s just too huge to keep inside anymore. Hopefully it will do alright outside. I’ve given up hope on it ever flowering, but it was a fun experiment.

8 Comments

  1. Looking great on the table in the sun…

  2. You should give it a try! It seemed like it was growing super slow at first, but then it exploded. They’re happy outside in the summer in warmer locations too.

  3. Whoa, looks like a beautiful plant. I wonder what it needs to flower? Warmth?

  4. I have read that if you do not try to force them…they flower when they are 3-4 years old. This one is about 2.5 years. — Matti

  5. What a great plant! Perennially (ha) on my to-do list, but still haven’t gotten around to it, partly because I don’t really like pineapple to eat, so feel unjustified in buying the fruit.

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