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Ananas comosus (Pineapple)

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Plant description

ananas comosus pineapple fruit

ananas comosus pineapple

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.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5

Pests

Scale, mealybug, rodents

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.

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