Each pineapple plant bears exactly one pineapple. So where did pineapple come from in the first place? Most of us think of pineapples as coming from Hawaii, but that's not the case. Pineapples are a member of the bromeliad family, which is indigenous to the Americas mostly South America , but has been found in Africa as well. By far the most famous plant in the bromeliad family, pineapples were first brought over to Spain by Christopher Columbus in The pineapple — which is no relation to pine trees or apples — got its name through the combination of the Spanish "pina" so named because it reminded them of a pine cone and the English "apple" so named because of its sweet taste.
Growing Pineapples Is Easy
That's because the pineapple plant is one of the few tropical fruits that are really well suited to growing in pots, and that means you can grow pineapple plants indoors. Having said that, to grow good pineapple fruit and in reasonable amounts you need to live somewhere that is warm and sunny year round. Below we will talk about growing pineapples outdoors to get lots of fruit. I love pineapples. I love the fruit, I love the plant itself and its spectacular flower, and once you have a few pineapples Well, they multiply like rabbits, so if you grow pineapples you eventually end up with lots of them. I grow lots of pineapples in my garden. But let's start at the start. Growing Pineapples Is Easy This page summarises all the essential information about growing pineapples.
All About Growing Pineapples
The pineapple   Ananas comosus is a tropical plant with an edible fruit and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae. The introduction of the pineapple to Europe in the 17th century made it a significant cultural icon of luxury. Since the s, pineapple has been commercially grown in greenhouses and many tropical plantations. Further, it is the third most important tropical fruit in world production. In the 20th century, Hawaii was a dominant producer of pineapples, especially for the US; however, by , Costa Rica , Brazil , and the Philippines accounted for nearly one-third of the world's production of pineapples. Pineapples grow as a small shrub; the individual flowers of the unpollinated plant fuse to form a multiple fruit. The plant is normally propagated from the offset produced at the top of the fruit,   or from a side shoot, and typically mature within a year. The pineapple is a herbaceous perennial , which grows to 1.
Avoid ones that are overripe or that have dead or sick-looking leaves. Then, make very thin slices in the stalk, until you see a ring of brownish dots. Set the pineapple crown aside for a few days to allow the wound to dry. Fill a 6- to 8-inch flower pot clay is best, but any pot will do with a light, fast-draining mixture — such as cactus potting mix — or a mixture of peat, sand and perlite. If you like, you can dip the end in rooting hormone before planting. Plant the pineapple crown about an inch deep, gently firming the soil around it.