Bromeliads forum: Ananas comosus

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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Apr 21, 2019 7:57 PM CST
I stumbled upon a landscaping using a few dozen Ananas comosus in front of a local restaurant. I am dumbfounded on the variety of these. The upper leaves are colored with reds like my ornamental type plants, but the forming fruit is large and resembles the edible pineapple more.
Do some of the edible varieties also come in red streaked leaves?
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 22, 2019 5:22 AM CST
How interesting, I've not seen regular pineapple with the colored leaves, did you snatch an offset...LOL.
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 22, 2019 3:48 PM CST
Looks like some of them have a reddish tint.
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I hope you engaged the folks planting them and got that offset. Whistling
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 25, 2019 6:30 AM CST
These aren't my plants but took this photo at a local small nursery. They are about four foot wide/tall, the pineapples, not including the leaves are about five to six inches now. They are in the ground in full sun, not for sale, I had to get a photo for you all. Salesman had no idea what exact Ananas species they are, but they did have offsets for sale, very spiny, yellow/green in color, sort of variegated. They get some rare plants at this nursery but they never seem to know what they are exactly. I've never seen red pineapples so big before. If I had a spot for it I might have bought one. Whistling
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Name: Halyna
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Gala
Apr 27, 2019 1:52 AM CST
ScotTi, those edible pineapples are probably Kona Sugarloaf variety.
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 27, 2019 5:38 AM CST
Halyna, have you ever seen Sugarloafs in a store, if so where? I would go out of my way to try one.
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Name: Halyna
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Gala
Apr 27, 2019 11:55 PM CST
ardesia said:Halyna, have you ever seen Sugarloafs in a store, if so where? I would go out of my way to try one.


No, I have never seen Sugarloafs sold in stores. But you can find a plant and grow it yourself. I usually go to a Flea market to buy different varieties of pineapples. Right now they have a new one Honeyglow and it's really good, sweet with a bit of honey taste. I already planted two tops.
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