Saturday, October 8, 2011
How to Root a Pineapple Plant
Have you been successful in growing a pineapple plant from the fruit's topper?
The pineapple is a tropical fruiting plant. John Atlee of the Bromeliad Society International writes on the society's website that a pineapple plant can grow up to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide when given a big enough pot, but smaller pots result in smaller--perhaps more manageable--plants.
In general, a rooted pineapple crown will not result in a plant comparable in size to those grown on pineapple plantations. Pineapple plants will flower under the right conditions, and the common grocery store pineapple (Ananas comosus) produces a red stalk with blue flowers.
Things you'll need:
Clean, sharp knife
8" clay pot
Rooting hormone with mild fungicide
Tip: You can also root a pineapple crown in water, but the water must contain additional nutrients. Use a hydroponic fertilizer to supply those nutrients.
Click here for the rest of the instructions on eHow.
Then, if you are successful with your rooting project, check here to learn how to get your pineapple plant to flower.
Posted at 10:39 AM