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The pineapple is in the bromeliad family, and are a short-lived perennial plant well known for the edible fruit that it bears. It is a tropical to sub-tropical plant, and needs hot conditions to flower and fruit. It will flower 12-18 months after planting, and is very decorative. It can be grown in containers.
The pineapple plant needs good drainage, and may need to be grown in a raised bed to facilitate this. It likes a dry soil, and should only need natural rainfall. Fertilise regularly through the active growing season.
The pineapple can be propagated from side suckers from the plant, or from the top of a pineapple, which is planted into well drained soil.
Pineapples contain an enzyme, bromelain, which breaks down protein. It can be used as a meat tenderiser, and it can interfere with the setting of jelly.
Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: spring
Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.
Soil pH: 5.5
Scale, mealybug, rodents
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.