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May 8, 2017 7:32 PM CST
What would be the perfect potting mix soil for my pineapple plants? I've read where cactus potting mix is the recommended soil type for pineapple plants and wanted to verify if that's correct or not. Would ""Miracle Grow Cactus, Palm & Citris Potting Mix" be the potting soil I'm looking for?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 8, 2017 8:10 PM CST

Yes, Miracle Grow Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix is a good choice but add some perlite. Maybe 1/3 by volume.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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May 8, 2017 8:14 PM CST
I don't know about MG, but consider where they raise pineapples in Hawaii. Almost no soil, just pumice, so a very gritty soil would be best. Different companies have different soils labeled for cactus/ succulents, so you need to SEE the stuff before you buy. You can always add pumice or perlite if needed.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
May 13, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Pineapples are in the Bromeliad plant family and have somewhat unusual potting mix requirements for their small root systems. It is generally best to leave them potted in the potting mix they came in rather than repotting. If you are propagating the offsets, then a very porous mix is appropriate. Even an epiphytic Orchid mix would work well.

I always marvel at Miracle-Gro's ability to market their products. Cacti , Palms and Citrus do not have the same potting mix requirements, so their labeling it as such is either misleading or confusing to consumers.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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