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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Apr 15, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Hi everyone!

What are the odds that the Walmart in Nampa ID carries these while they are fruiting?!?!

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Its already got a tiny fruit on it!

I just have one question about this kind of plant. Will it only fruit once or will it fruit several times in its life?

Has anyone else grown these before?

Thanks!

Jared
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 15, 2017 8:43 PM CST
Pineapples are a type of bromeliad, Jared. As such, each rosette of leaves will only put up one fruit, but after it fruits it will make new plants known as "pups" around the base of the original plant. Then the original leaves will start to brown and die off.

You can separate the pups when they're a decent size, and pot them up individually. But a pineapple takes nearly 2 years to grow large enough to fruit, so it will be a long wait for the next fruit.

Here, we start pineapples from the tops of the ones we buy at the grocery store. Here's one I grew from a grocery store top:
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Bromeliads are epiphytic plants - they take in a lot of their nutrients through the leaves. So be sure to water and feed it by spraying the leaves often. Maybe once a month put a tiny bit of soluble fertilizer in your spray bottle and spray it with that. If the sharp, pointy leaves are a bother, just clip the ends off with a nail clipper or scissors.



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Baja_Costero
Apr 15, 2017 9:00 PM CST
Not having grown the pineapple, it's my understanding the plant is a terrestrial bromeliad (a special group of non-epiphytic plants) and as such takes up nutrients primarily through its roots. I have a bunch of other terrestrial bromeliads (mostly Dyckias) but not that particular one. Pretty easy plants overall.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 15, 2017 10:28 PM CST
jnicholes said:Hi everyone!

What are the odds that the Walmart in Nampa ID carries these while they are fruiting?!?!

Thumb of 2017-04-15/jnicholes/5b18ac

Its already got a tiny fruit on it!

I just have one question about this kind of plant. Will it only fruit once or will it fruit several times in its life?

Has anyone else grown these before?

Thanks!

Jared


Jared, that does seem like quite an unexpected find! I hope it grows well for you Smiling
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plantmanager
Apr 15, 2017 10:33 PM CST
It may be an ornamental pineapple. I grew a few of those years back. They're very cute, but not edible.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Apr 17, 2017 12:21 PM CST
Hi there!

Thanks everyone for the advice and inormation. I really appreciate it.

Jared
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tarev
Apr 17, 2017 12:45 PM CST
I am growing one from a pineapple top, started it a few years back. It is still alive, but no fruiting yet. Just an experiment for me if I can make it grow here. First time to have it stay outside through winter last year. Usually I hide it indoors during winter. But I think it has hardened enough to take our weather. Winter to spring is the only season it will ever get good rain here which it likes. It is due for some repotting, just waiting for our temps to be a bit warmer, we have been into some extended cool period already.

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