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    Pineapple tops.

    On various forums, I've seen many tips on rooting pineapple tops. Here's one we just threw in a cup of plain water for a week or two.

    John_NY
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    That is interesting John
    Will it grow into a pineapple?

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    Abby, I think it will grow into a pineapple, but I read that it will take 2-3 years.
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    Seeing I wait that length of time for a hippeastrum to bloom I might as well have a pinapple growing at the same time

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    Then you should do pineapple hybridizing to get a sweeter/bigger pineapple or some other goodies.
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    We had this most delicious pineapple for dinner.




    So afterward to impress my nephew I said we shall grow another just like it and helped him pot it up - after all five year olds are so impessionable and thirsting for knowledge.

    I remember him as a three year old and on my arrival he would say "Shush!!! everybody, my auntie is here and she has something important to say"!!! God bless him.

    My dear bro to this day has never worked out what precious pearls of wisdom his son thought were going to come out of my mouth.





    Some time later seeing it was growing it was planted into ground and look now

    UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!



    Cannot belive my eyes



    Is it possible I just might get a pineapple ???


    Whatever happens I sure got a handsome bloom and I will be planting more tops.

    It is as beautiful as any other Bromeliad.
    Abby

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    I did a follow up on this post and now I find it is in wrong section "Message Boarde whreas it most probably should be under "subtropicals"
    Is there some way I can shift it over there ?
    Abby

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    Wow, I have never seen a pineapple bloom before. It is beautiful. How long did it take from the cutting to bloom?


    PS: I think we are crazy people here.
    Dave

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    Pineapple is a very easy plant to propagte. To root the top I simply pull the top with a twisting motion, cut away some of the bottom leaves, to leave a short stump. Leave the top out for a couple of days to air dry, then plant in moist, good draining potting soil. As you will see from the referenced link, they are subtropical and cannot survive frost.

    http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/pineapple.html

    Each plant produces only one fruit and after harves that plant dies. But not before producing additional plants at various points, which can be planted.

    Now to see if my attempt to upload pictures worked??
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    Abby,

    I have moved the thread to subtropicals.

    Beautiful photos! Tom, you did that quite well...

    Ann B.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann B. View Post
    Abby,
    I have moved the thread to subtropicals.
    Thanks heaps Ann
    Abby

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiganDave View Post
    Wow, I have never seen a pineapple bloom before. It is beautiful. How long did it take from the cutting to bloom?


    PS: I think we are crazy people here.
    CRAZY I was hoping nobody would notice

    Dave
    I planted it at the time when John did the posting when I could still remember it
    And it was a good way to amuse my nephew for a while. Boy is he impressed now - I am
    Abby

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    Tom
    Great pictures
    Thanks for the info and the link
    Do they taste like real pineapples when they are done
    Abby

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    They ARE real pineapples Abby.
    But I live in zone 8, and they spend almost half the year inside, and they take 2 years to grow. So, maybe it's that they grow in pots, or the potting soil, fertilizer, weather, whatever. But the parent pineapple is larger, and tastes better than it's offspring. On the other hand, perhaps I need more experience in determining when they are ripe.
    Tom W
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    Thanks for the info Tom

    I live in to your equivalent Zone 9 and as you know we are heading for winter, frosts are rare so here is hoping it will get through and I will get a pineapple. As it was already planted outside I have no control.

    Will give you feedback on taste hopefullly at harvest time.

    The next one I will keep in a pot.

    It all sounds like fun
    Abby

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