Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 30 to 60 inches (.75-1.5m)
Plant Spread: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: When grown in the ground the fruit will be @ 12 inches long. If grown as a houseplant the fruit will be much smaller and less tasty.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Brown
Other: Brown
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Green, unripe fruit has toxic qualities and can cause throat irritation as well as stomach irritation if eaten. Sap from leaves contain toxins including calcium oxalate crystals that cause contact dermititis as well as severe mouth pain if ingested.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Other: Leafy tops of mature fruits.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by RobertB (Bradenton, Florida - Zone 9b) on Mar 23, 2013 6:15 PM

You can cut the top off a store purchased pineapple with maybe an inch of the fruit attached to the top, let it set for a couple of days, and then plant in moist soil. It will root and grow and produce another pineapple fruit.

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