growing pineapples - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Worth, Fl
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Question by trotter2
July 3, 2010
pineapple is in a 15 gal container. large green fruit. plant is starting to turn yellow. fruit is still green and leaves on fruit dont seem to be growing. I water when top 2

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2010
Sounds perfectly normal. First of all, congratulations on a terrific feat! There's not much else you need to do other than to wait until the fruit is ripe and then harvest and enjoy eating it. It is difficult to judge when a pineapple is ready to be harvested. The most common indication of ripeness is when the fruit develops a slight yellowing at the base. After harvesting, the pineapple will continue to ripen at room temperature so you can allow it to yellow even more and become aromatic. At that point the sugars will be at their highest level and the acidity will be at its lowest. Now for the bad news: Your pineapple plant will die after it has produced fruit, but before doing so it will develop little plantlets or pups at its base. These are your plants' way of leaving offspring as she dies. Remove the pups from the mother plant when they are about one-third the size of the parent plant. They are then strong enough to make it on their own. You can usually just yank and twist to get the pup separated from the parent. Whey they are that size, pup roots are usually already growing down into the soil, so be careful not to destroy those as you separate the pup from mommy. Best wishes with your pineapple!

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