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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 16, 2014 1:53 PM CST
Total surprise .. haven't really looked at it in a while and when I was watering it today I saw it's got a pineapple! Anyone know long til harvest from this stage?

The question now, will it do ok in a greenhouse that gets down to the mid to upper 40's at night or should I keep it in the house come winter?

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Dutchlady1
Aug 16, 2014 3:50 PM CST
It likes to be warm and you have about 4-6 months
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 16, 2014 4:10 PM CST
Right, and don't take it into the greenhouse until the little purple flowers are gone. It needs to be pollinated to actually make a fruit. Unless the nights start getting too cold, of course. Below 50 you'll have to bring it in. Don't forget it needs more water when the fruit is sizing up, too.

You're lucky the fruit will be forming inside the greenhouse, Anne. Here, my pineapples out in the garden get eaten by squirrels and raccoons before I can get to them. I have to spray them every day with a concoction of hot pepper stuff.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 16, 2014 5:43 PM CST
Thanks for the info!
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Name: Holly Cooper
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BayouBeadery
Nov 20, 2014 6:13 PM CST
We've got one that we planted from a grocery store pineapple top. It's about 2 years old now. How long does it take them to flower?
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 20, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Usually about 2 years, Holly. Keep it warm though, and it might start a flower sooner.
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tarev
Nov 20, 2014 7:11 PM CST
I have read too that if you want to trigger the flowering process, you can put the plant in a bag with ripe apples so the ethylene gas it emits help trigger the flowers.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 20, 2014 7:42 PM CST
Mine flowering was a complete surprise ... I brought it into the house instead of keeping it in the greenhouse .. it has just way too much spread for it to be safe in a GH .. I ended up cutting off the horizontal leaves and all the pointy leaf bits.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 20, 2014 8:12 PM CST
Awww. that looks so pretty luscious Anne! So when will be harvest time?? My pineapple is still such a baby..it is hiding indoors with my orchids right now.

This is how my plant looked like outdoors as of Oct:

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Indoors now..hiding with the 'chids:
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 20, 2014 8:28 PM CST
Well I'm waiting for it to start ripen .. when it's ready it should start turning yellow at the bottom and become fragrant. Yours is looking good! I hope mine starts pushing out babies soon.
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Name: Holly Cooper
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BayouBeadery
Nov 20, 2014 8:32 PM CST
Thanks! Hopefully it is about due. Nice and warm in the GH but you're right, there is a BIG spread. Does it have both male and female flowers on the one plant?
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tarev
Nov 20, 2014 8:32 PM CST
So excited for you! Hurray! Hurray!
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Xeramtheum
Nov 20, 2014 8:36 PM CST
Yes .. it's self pollinating. Here is what the flowers look like:

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Name: Holly Cooper
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BayouBeadery
Nov 20, 2014 9:47 PM CST
That is beautiful!!!!
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Kabby
Nov 21, 2014 7:41 AM CST
I agree
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 21, 2014 9:24 AM CST
Thanks!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 14, 2014 10:12 AM CST
Pineapple is doing great! It's a little over a third of the size you see in the grocery store so it's got a ways to go. I spritz it every day and pour water in the top since it's pretty dry in the house .. I even put Christmas Lights on it! It's so cute!

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tarev
Dec 15, 2014 12:09 PM CST
Very pretty! Lovey dubby
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 15, 2014 12:18 PM CST
I'm getting excited .. wish I could speed it up though.
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extranjera
Dec 15, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Really cool! Yours is already bigger than the one I grew in a window in Calif. Good growing!
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