New Pineapple Sucker

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After a pineapple is picked, the plant will no longer produce pineapples. However, the plant is still making offspring in the form of suckers. The suckers on the plant will produce a new pineapple. The legacy continues.

I picked a pineapple from one of my plants in late June. It is now the beginning of August and the plant has a sucker growing on it. These can be left on the plant or pulled off and replanted. I am going to leave this one on my plant due to its location. It is in the center area of the plant and, at this point, I feel that it is best to leave it be, as I do not want to harm the roots. In the past, if a sucker is growing on the side of the plant, I have pulled it off and re-planted with success.

New sucker developing

I now have seven pineapple plants in the garden. Two plants are developing fruit, one has a new sucker, and one was recently planted from the fruit of a pineapple picked in June. The pineapple family is growing. Aloha!

New fruit
Another new fruit
Top planted from recently picked fruit

Latest Pineapple Offspring Ready to Plant

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My latest home grown pineapple top is ready to be planted. It will, in turn, produce another pineapple and shoots for more pineapple plants. The family tree is growing.

My latest pineapple was picked on June 27th. I twisted off the top and placed it in a glass jar with water in order to establish it’s roots. Today, I was happy to see that the roots were coming along nicely and I am ready to get my pineapple top into the soil.

pulling off bottom row of leaves/
white roots coming in

First, I pulled off the bottom row of leaves that were looking a bit brown. This is normal and it is perfectly fine to pull off a row or two of leaves. In doing so, it gives a little more body to plant in the soil as well. My pineapple top is actually quite small, as home grown pineapples tend to be smaller than those purchased in the store. Next, I take a small clay pot and fill it with potting soil and put the roots and bottom into the soil. I am sure to put a wire cage around the pot as rabbits will be interested in the pineapple tops when they are little. Once grown up a bit the cage can be removed.

freshly planted
behind cage for protection

I will keep the new tops nice and moist until they are established a bit and then cut back on the watering to once or twice a week. Pineapples do not like to be over-watered. Now I wait. Hopefully, you will see a post from me in the not too distant future of a pineapple being ready to harvest. Aloha!

Growing Pineapples

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I love Hawaii and the taste of fresh island pineapple. What could be better than to have the taste of the islands in your own yard? A few years ago, I decided to give it a try.

I purchased a pineapple from the store, twisted off the top and peeled off a few layers of the lower leaves. I placed this in a glass of water, changing the water daily. After roots started to form, I planted it in a pot with topsoil. It is a good idea to put a wire cage around the plant until it is a good size. This is experience talking. One day I came home and found that an animal (most likely a rabbit) had uprooted a newly planted shoot. Lesson learned. Animals do not bother the plants when they are larger, probably because the leaves do tend to be sharp.

Pineapple plants do not have very long roots, so the pot does not have to be all that deep. The plants do, however, get fairly large. I had to re-pot my plants in larger pots as they grew. They also do not need to be over-watered, although they do require a bit more water when flowering to support the fruit they are producing.

I have found that my plants grow better when not in full sun. I have mine on the side of my house so that they are in the shade until afternoon. This seems to make them happy. They also do not like frost. I live in California and in the winter I am sure to watch the weather forecast. On cold nights I cover the plants with a light frost cover from the garden store. It is very light weight and does not bend the leaves. My plants have been burned from the frost on nights when I didn’t foresee the frost. They survived and still produced pineapples. I just cut off the burnt part of the leaves with scissors.

Pineapple plants produce one pineapple and then they produce shoots that are new plants. When a shoot forms, it can be twisted off and planted as a new plant which will in turn produce a pineapple and then more shoots. A few years ago I stared with one pineapple top and now I have six. All of my plants are offspring from the first plant. The first plant takes the longest to grow and to produce a pineapple. The shoots seem to grow faster and produce pineapples in less time than the original top.

I am sure there are different ways of growing pineapples, however, this is what has worked for me. Not only are the pineapples tasty to eat, they are fun to grow and make for an attractive addition to the landscape. Aloha!