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Seekonk, MA
Jul 23, 2017 1:25 PM CST
Hello. We brought home pineapple plants from Hawaii in September, 2015. We planted them as instructed, I repotted them once and now they're huge but haven't produced a pineapple yet. I have them in a 12" diameter pot and the tallest stalk is 28". They are in a sunny window and are doing really well but no fruit yet. The seller told us about 18 months to expect fruit and it's been 22 months. I read you can put the plant in a bag with an apple but am just wondering if I need to wait a little longer. Thanks for any advice/help.
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Name: Anne
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Jul 23, 2017 1:42 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

I'm thinking it's a MA thing. In my experience having grown one from a pup to fruiting, Pineapple likes to be stuck in the blazing hot sun and begging for water on a daily basis. The first couple of years I just babied it .. after 2 going on 3 years I said to heck with it and essentially ignored it, stuck it in a a corner of the yard between the datura & brugmansia and voila! I got me a flower.

I'm sure you will eventually get one but seriously, I'm thinking that your longitude just doesn't get the utterly blazing hot sun like we do in the south - also in my case, I'm sure it being under potted was a factor too. Sometimes stressed out plants will bloom a lot more readily than babied ones. Perhaps let it dry out from time to time.

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Name: Daisy I
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Jul 23, 2017 1:48 PM CST
I doubt that its getting enough sun.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jul 25, 2017 2:32 PM CST
The 18 months was a very broad estimate and probably accurate only for pineapples grown in ideal conditions, such as a greenhouse. There is no guarantee yours will ever produce fruit, but be patient and be surprised. In the interim, you have a lovely decorative foliage plant.
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