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Pineapple Tree - Easier to Grow Than You Would Think

By Edited May 2, 2016 0 0

Pineapple trees are easy to grow on just about any soil and weather and they won't really mind if you take care about them or not. If you're just starting out with a garden and want to show your family how talented gardener you actually are, start with a pineapple tree.

Pineapples have been a sweet treat know to the western hemisphere since the 17th century, but has only gone mainstream in the last century with more widespread cultivation. It is common produce of tropical areas, but you can have one yourself without much prior knowledge.

Before I saw the first pineapple plant I thought pineapples grow on 30 feet tall trees like coconuts and it's is a major inconvenience to harvest them. I only became aware not that long ago that pineapples in fact grow in bushes.

The plant is not a particularly interesting sight on its own but in the second year when it bears flowers you will have to deal with a lot of compliments. The fruit is a compound fruit and that means that a bunch of flowers turn into one fruit when the bush finally decides to work with you.

If you want to grow your own pineapple tree, you won't have high expenses as all it needs is some water, soil and a whole healthy pineapple. You don't have to think about reproducing from seed or grafting or anything complicated like that. Choose a pineapple at the local supermarket that looks healthy to you. If you check the middle section of the leaves and see some little growing leaves you can be sure it will start growing after plantation.

If the crown looks dry or is brown already, choose another piece. Come up with a few recipes to use the fruit as you will have little use of it during the process. Keep the bunch of leaves intact and with a sharp knife make a straight cut about 1 1/2" under it. This way you will have a whole pineapple to eat and the crown with some excess fruit flesh on it. Put that on sun so it can dry and harden up to avoid fungal rotting.

Use light soil, if you don't have any, add some sand to loosen it up. Plant the little bush just deep enough to have about 1/2 inches of flesh sticking out of the ground. Make sure it sits firmly in place.

Water it every week during the beginning of the process, but after it has grown roots always make sure the sand around it is bone dry. It is good to know that pineapples take more water through their leaves than from the ground and it calls for some extra attention while giving it the water. Pour the water in the middle of the crown until there is a thin layer of dawn sand around the trunk. Repeat as soon as the ground is completely dry again.

In the first year you can expect it to grow about 2-3 feet tall and the same in radius. The flowers will appear near the middle part in the second or third year and they will turn into the fruit later on. The plant fertilizes itself so there is no need to take care of that. After bearing the fruit the plant usually dies shortly.

Do not eat the pineapple when it is green. It is poisonous and will make your throat and mouth burn. If you eat enough of it then it will cause severe diarrhea. Slightly unripe fruit may taste a little acidic, it is the same thing there is just more in the green fruit.

If the fruit turns brown-golden color you can cut it and you'll notice that the pineapple you grown at home is always better than what comes from the shop. Though the pineapple tree isn't a looker, when it brings the flowers your guests will be amazed and with a little care you can have some quick success with this easy to grow plant.

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