Contact Me

Saturday, October 12, 2013

My Accidental Pineapple Plant

I found it surviving without dirt, just decomposing leaves.

Okay, I meant to grow a pineapple plant, but just left it to its own devices to grow. Other than whacking off the top and tossing it out to deal with later, I had nothing to do with the six month life of the plant above.

I had two pineapple tops. One was on the counter and the other got tossed to the porch. The one I tossed on the porch was thrown into a terra cotta pot with a terra cotta saucer inside. I did nothing to the top, just put the whole thing out because fruit flies were living and thriving in it.

 Months later, I noticed the outdoor pineapple was growing new inner leaves while the older, bottom leaves were just brown. Water from rain blowing had watered the center even though I never did. Okay, maybe a few times at first until I just gave up on the effort. That pineapple, above, was not even sitting in soil, just a bare terra cotta saucer. Then, I put it in a pot with dirt. it looked better out of dirt!

Some leaf dying!

But, it will survive since there is new growth in the center.



When it rained for six weeks, it thrived. Now, not so much thriving as maybe dying. Everyday now, I water it a bit in the center. I am learning my lesson. Then, I started turning the hose fine spray on it for a few seconds and actually put it in dirt. We will see. Next spring, I may give it a larger pot home.

Now, for this one:

indoor plant got plenty of light but no water

indoor pineapple
 
Even though I worked hard (HA! I tell myself lies) on the indoor plant, I realized that there was no more green.  I did water it, putting water in the bowl. I knew the water went into the center, but for some reason, I was more concerned it sit in water. There is no hope since the whole thing is just falling apart. sigh... It is in the back of the flower bed, now composting.

Can I get one of these to grow?
 
I know it will be 2 years before I get a pineapple if I get a pineapple. I will just continue planting pineapple tops until I get a whole field of pots...lol.
 

Your turn
Have you ever grown a pineapple plant and actually gotten a pineapple?  I know all about the scraping of the pineapple to get the fruit off the bottom and watering the top, but is there anything else I need to know from here on out. I have read and heard lots, but could use your experience.

22 comments:

  1. You can do everything right and get a dead pineapple, or do exactly wrong and get babies. I learned everything on Google and YouTube.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. lj,
      I read that! Obviously not cleaning the fruit from the bottom of the pineapple is the first thing I did wrong. I have been googling lots since this appears to want to live.

      Delete
    2. Rat,
      Good luck to you and me on pineapple growing.

      Delete
  2. Never grown them here - too cold. My partner's mother grew them sucessfully though. And she attributed her triumph to rain water. Each time it rained (which it didn't often where she lived) she put out buckets to collect it, and used it to water all of her pot plants. Which were gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. EC,
      I think she has something there. I have watered it with tap water twice and will stop immediately. There is no way it could be good it. Thanks for that reminder.

      Delete
  3. It will be interesting to see if you do get a pineapple to grow. Good luck! Keep us updated.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sue,
      If it lives through the winter in the basement, that will be the first hopeful sign for me. My basement is not heated, but half of the basement is out of the ground. The window where I will put it is west-facing, so that is a good thing for all the tropical plants I will overwinter. I think I will get a grow lamp for the area where they are. I will update on the condition...lol.

      Delete
  4. I have grown and eaten the sweetest Pineapple I have ever tasted. I blogged about my first Pineapple back in Nov. 2010 and April 2011. I have some small plants out there now but they are not looked after at all and not doing too well. I think I will make more of an effort with them as the last couple we had were so nice.
    Good luck with yours.

    Barb.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Barb,
      Your tropical climate should be good for pineapples. Fresh pineapple is sweet, but I have never had a homegrown one. I am excited it lived this long--several months. Usually, I somehow abuse them to death like the one on the counter. Thanks.

      Delete
    2. Gosh. We had a successful pineapple grower and she didn't leave a link!!!

      As I first said, ya gotta get that fleshy part off and expose the brown eyes on the inner stalk. Let it dry for a couple days, then sink it in moist potting/cactus soil.

      Or toss it out in your yard. Ignore it. Step on it a few times, and it will be the one to grow for ya!

      Delete
    3. Linda.... You are killing me!!! I buy pineapple almost every week and have NEVER had any success growing one. To tell the truth I haven't tried too hard lately but seeing your success I am going to put some energy into my future attempt I do know that bromeliads rot easily. That is about the extent of my knowledge. I will look forward to following your plant's progress.

      Delete
    4. LJ,
      Click on Barb's name and you go to her blog. I was going to scrape all the fleshy fruit, but never got around to it. I put tap water on it for the first time ever about a week ago. That is when the new leaves got browner. So, only rain water from now on for that baby.

      I am sure I will either abuse it by neglect or being overly solicitous...lol.

      Delete
    5. Janet,
      You get a new chance each week. I cannot afford pineapple that often. Don't water it too much and water in the center. That's all I know for right now. Oh, you can spray the leaves and use only rainwater; if it does not rain catch some to use or use bottled water. Good luck to you.

      Delete
  5. Way to go! I hope it makes it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wendy,
      If I just don't hover, I am sure it will.

      Delete
  6. Linda, That is fantastic ! I have never successfully grown a pineapple plant. An indoor avocado tree was tough enough. Your pineapple plant looks fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jane,
      Thanks. Hopefully, it will continue to thrive. I have never tried avocado. Did you get fruit? I will post a picture in a few months to see if it is still thriving, looking healthy.

      Delete
  7. my mom grew several pineapple plants and finally got a pineapple off of hers...all she done was cut the top off and sat it on top of the dirt in a pot and watered it..every now and again she would cut the brown leaves off...i have one growing now(pretty much on its own) its thriving but no baby pineapples yet... maybe next year :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cindy,
      My experience sort of mirrors hers--do nothing. That will be so exciting when I get a pineapple from a plant. Is your plant indoors or outdoors during the winter. Where do live --just the general area? Thanks for the encouragement.

      Delete
  8. I live in TN and I bring mine indoors ...we get snow here and i dont want it to freeze :/ my mom lives in west ala. and usually puts hers in the garage ...so far they've made it for 5 yrs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cindy,
      Thanks for recounting your and your mother's experience. I suppose the basement will keep it okay. Her climate is probably like mine. Your climate might be like mine, too.

      Delete

For the present, I am taking comment moderation off the blog.