Learn How to Grow Your Own Tropical Fruit
It’s actually not rocket science, but it does take a long time to bear fruit, no pun intended. Did you know that you can grow your own pineapples at home? Well, you might want to try growing them one at a time because they need a lot of space to bloom.
Pineapple is a tropical, perennial, drought-tolerant plant. it grows up to 5-8 ft in height and spreads around about 3-4 feet radius cover. It is essentially a short, stout stem with a rosette of waxy long, needle-tipped leaves.
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The only problem is they take a long time to bloom!
However, in the meantime, you’ll have a really beautiful plant with which you can decorate your home, and eventually you’ll end up with a succulent pineapple. Who doesn’t like tropical fruit!
Basically you begin my cutting the top off the pineapple about an inch lower then the leaves.
Then you can place the crown on a platter and fill the dish with water about half way up the crown and set it in a window for three days. Make sure you have removed all of the fresh fruit off the crown before placing in water.
Eventually you’ll move it to a pot filled with potting soil or you can plant several at least a foot apart in your garden. It’s HUGE!
In 24 months (sounds better than two years) it will look like this. Once your pineapple has been planted please make sure that you do not over water it. This tropical plant likes to be watered about twice a week straight down the middle. The dirt should be damp or moist…not saturated and fertilize well. This is an indoor plant, so if you do put it outside during the summer, be sure to keep a weathered eye on it. Now if you live in a tropical area unlike myself, the directions will probably change for indooor outdoor care. This is also a wide plant, make sure you have the room for it before you commit.
To learn more about fertilizing your plant, be sure to check out the instructions at Tropical Permaculture.
If anyone has ever tried growing one of these from a store bought pineapple, we’d love to hear about your experience. Please share with us and our fans!
This fresh fruit gardening tip and images came from Shari of Tickled Red over on Stumbled.