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Pineapple Red - Plant

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The Red Pineapple (Ananas bracteatus) is a herbaceous perennial with long sword-like leaves arranged in a spiral around a central stem and a terminal inflorescence.

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About Pineapple Red

The small, violet-purple flowers emerge from between spiny, red or pink bracts on egg-shaped inflorescences. The inflorescences are followed by brownish pink to scarlet, leafy-topped, compound pineapple fruits.

The leaves are long, linear, arching, solid dark green or variegated with white, pink, red, or yellow, and edged with sharp spines that curve up toward the leaf tips.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Red pineapple
Maximum Reachable Height 3-6 feet
Flower Colour Violet. The more conspicuous inflorescences are red or reddish pink.
Bloom Time Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care

Mulching pineapple plants in the home landscape helps retain soil moisture, reduces weed problems next to the plant, and improves the soil near the surface. Mulch with a 2 to 6 inch (5 to 15 cm) layer of bark, wood chips, or similar mulch material. Keep mulch 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm) from the base of the plant.

Pineapple Red care

A pineapple plant flowers only once, and produces one pineapple. Then it dies. But before it dies it also produces offspring. Suckers are little plantlets that grow between the leaves of the mature pineapple.
If you leave the suckers in place you get what is called a "ratoon crop". That is the least amount of work for the next crop, just do nothing. But it has a few disadvantages.
The plants start to crowd each other out and to compete for food, light and water. As a result the next lot of pineapple fruit is much smaller.
The other disadvantage is that if you leave the suckers in place you only get a few. The original pineapple plant thinks it has fulfilled it s purpose in life and reproduced, and it dies.

Sunlight Full sun to part shade
Watering Water your plant as needed, allowing it to dry out some between watering.
Soil Light soil mix with perlite and sand.
Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Temperature Temperatures below 60 degrees F (15.5 degrees C) and above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) may slow plant growth.
Fertilizer Soluble house plant fertilizer once or twice a month during spring and summer.

Pineapple Red uses

Culinary Use:

  • The flesh and juice of the pineapple are used in cuisines around the world
  • In many tropical countries, pineapple is prepared and sold on roadsides as a snack
  • It is sold whole or in halves with a stick inserted
  • Whole, cored slices with a cherry in the middle are a common garnish on hams in the West
  • Chunks of pineapple are used in desserts such as fruit salad, as well as in some savory dishes, including pizza toppings, or as a grilled ring on a hamburger
  • Crushed pineapple is used in yogurt, jam, sweets, and ice cream
  • The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage, and it is also the main ingredient in cocktails such as the pina colada and in the drink tepache

Frequently Asked Questions

Does pineapple grow underground?

Pineapple does not grow underground it grows above the ground. The plant consists of stocky leaves whorled around a central stem

Does pineapple grow on trees?

No, Pineapple grow in soil medium.The pineapple is a herbaceous perennial plant in Bromeliaceae family.

Does pineapple plant need full sun?

Yes, Pineapple plant need full sun and at least 6 hours of direct bright light a day.

Why is my pineapple plant turning brown?

The main reasons of Pineapple plant turning brown are as follows 1. Due to over watering to plant. 2.Pineapple plant does not get proper sunlight. 3.Lack of nutrient. 4.Disease and pest infestation.

Are pineapple plants perennial?

Yes, Pineapple plants are perennial but that flowers once and produces a single pineapple.

Do pineapple plants need fertilizer?

Yes, Apply any organic fertilizer in July-August month.

When does a pineapple plant produce fruit?

Plants generally gives out the inflorescence in 12-13 months after planting. Fruit takes 4-5 months from set to harvest

How to plant pineapple?

To plant Pineapple consider the following points 1. To grow Pineapple plant in pot, choose a pot having of 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives more than 6 hours of direct sunlight. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct sunlight for more than 6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water. General caring tips- Plant should get more than 6 hours of sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (July-August).

What to feed pineapple plants?

Apply any organic fertilizer in July-August month.

How many pineapple plants per acre?

At 5000-6000 plants accommodates per acre

When to plant pineapple?

For planting June-July is best season.

Where do pineapple plants grow?

Pineapple grow in outdoor conditions 1. Sunlight- At least 6 hours of direct bright sunlight is required. 2. Soil- Soil should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer- Apply any organic fertilizer in July-August month.

How to fertilize pineapple plants?

Apply any organic fertilizer in July-August month and water the plant gently when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch.

How do pineapple plants reproduce?

Pineapple reproduce by suckers, slips, crowns and stumps.

Do pineapple plants have flowers?

Yes, Pineapple plants have flower and generally gives out the inflorescence in 12-13 months after planting.

Do pineapple plants keep producing fruit?

Plant produces a single pineapple and die after fruiting but any large suckers will continue to grow will produce new fruit

Can pineapple plants grow indoors?

No, Plant needs at least 6 hours of direct bright sunlight.

Will pineapple plant grow another pineapple?

Yes, large suckers will continue to grow will produce new fruit.

Why is my pineapple plant turning yellow?

The main reasons of turning yellow are as follows 1. Due to over watering to plant. 2.Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3.Lack of nutrient. 4.Disease and pest infestation.

Why is my pineapple plant not fruiting?

The most general reasons of not fruiting plant are as follows. 1. Lack of proper nutrient . 2.Improper water and sunlight availability.

What do pineapple plants look like?

The pineapple is a herbaceous perennial plant and grows up to to 3 to 4 feet tall and plant has a short, stocky stem with tough, waxy leaves.

When do pineapple plants bloom?

Pineapple plants generally gives out the inflorescence in 12-13 months after planting.

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