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Asked by
ashley88 on
February 4, 2012

Q. is pineapple top dying?

I planted a pineapple top about 2 months ago. It has developed roots and the leaves or spikes on the bottom and middle of the plant are strong and green but the small spikes emerging from the core are brown and dried up and are easily pulled. Is my plant dying? I only water it when soil becomes dry and I mist the plant occasionally. I have it in a south facing window because it’s winter right now where I live, so I put on the grow lights after the sun goes down to provide more light. Could this be “heart rot”?

Answered by
Heather on
February 5, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

I don't think it is heart rot as heart rot affected plants would be yellow in color and would smell badly.

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Answered by
Heather on
February 5, 2012
Certified Expert
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You may be underwatering. While it needs to dry out some between waterings, make sure it is not drying out completely. Best way to do it is to check the top of the soil regularly. When the top of the soil feels dry, then water until water comes out the bottom of the pot.

Another possibility is that the plant has a fungus. Treat it with a fungicide as a precaution.

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Asked by
gammylu on
December 2, 2012

Q. Pineapple Tops

What happens when you plant pineapple tops?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 3, 2012
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Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
December 3, 2012
A.

This article contains a lot of information: http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/growing-pineapples.html

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Asked by
JADA on
May 12, 2014

Q. Harvesting Pineapple

After pineapple is harvested, what happens to the plant? Do I get more pineapples from the same plant?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 13, 2014
A.

Pineapple is in the bromeliad family, and like its cousins, it bears fruit once, then dies. However, you can plant the top of the fruit to grow a new plant. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/planting-pineapple-tops.htm

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Asked by
Ckrugnj on
July 6, 2015
Central Florida

Q. when are pineapples are ripe enough to pick

I didn’t find an answer as to when to pick pineapple, and do not want to pick too soon. I don’t know what info you want. It’s a direct question. I just want to know when pineapples are ripe enough to pick?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 7, 2015
Certified Expert
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1/3 or more of the peel should be yellow.
Then the fruit can be allowed to ripen off the plant at room temperature.

The time it takes for a particular plant to produce ripe fruit depends on the variety, the climate and care.

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Asked by
mlagano on
October 21, 2015
Central Florida

Q. removing pineapple stem

After a pineapple is picked, should the remaining stub be cut off the plant or left intact?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 22, 2015
Certified Expert
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You should cut the Pineapple from the plant with a sharp knife close to the base of the growing site. Leave about 1 inch at the base of the Pineapple as you cut.

Try to avoid damaging the plant during harvest.

Check the main plant for more small plants or ratoons as these will develop into Pineapples.

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Asked by
Elaine Von Moos on
February 26, 2016

Q. Growing pineapples from tops

Your article or any other books I have consulted does not tell what to do with the plant once it gets large enough to be root-bound. Move it to a larger pot? How often? Place in ground? Mine is about 2-3 yrs old and is in a 5-gallon bucket. It is ready for the plastic bag to grow pineapples routine.

If it is OK to put in ground, what do I use for preparing soil if necessary? What is lowest temp it will accept? I live in So. Cal. so not usually very cold.

Thanks, Elaine

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 26, 2016
Certified Expert
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Your Pineapple plant is best left in a container or pot, and kept warm year round.
Here is more information for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/planting-pineapple-tops.htm
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/citrus/pineapple.htm

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