Tropicals forum: Pineapple Plant Dying

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Jun 16, 2020 12:08 PM CST
Hi all, was hoping you could help me set my mind at ease! I've been growing this pineapple plant for the last four years. 45 days ago I repotted (it had grown root bound) in the same pot, refreshed the soil, and moved it outside for the season; since then it has grown significantly more droopy.

Right After Repotting:
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Any thoughts? In response to the curling leaves I sprayed it down with some diluted fertilizer, and have begun watering more regularly given the increased sun exposure, but it does seem some of the new growth is thin and twisting, and several leaves have bent over. Would be a shame to lose it when I'm hopefully this close to a pineapple!


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Jun 16, 2020 1:05 PM CST
I've grown a few pineapples, but it was when I lived in the tropics in the Marshall Islands. I don't spray the foliage with fertilizer. I just apply it to the potting mix. Your plant looks pretty good. Just give it lots of sun and water. It may be a few years before you have that pineapple! Just have patience. :)
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Jun 16, 2020 2:13 PM CST
Thanks! I should note that the fertilizer I sprayed on the leaves was just a diluted zinc solution, as my research indicated that twisting leaves in the heart could indicate a common deficiency. Usually I just water with a diluted solution maybe once or twice a month

Name: Alice
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Jun 17, 2020 5:14 AM CST
Sometimes when one pots up there is too much soil which stays wet because there are not enough roots to take up the moisture and the leaves will droop, but yours does not look too wet at all. It looks pretty good, maybe just a bit shocked by the change. I would hold off on the fertilizer, most potting mixes have some now anyway, and start up again (still diluted) when you see some new growth.

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