Exotic Fruit Plantation: Harvesting the World’s Most Delicious Pineapples


The size and deep green, strap-like leaves of a pineapple plant make it a stunning addition to a container garden or, in frost-free regions, the outdoor garden. Pineapples can be grown as indoor plants in any environment, but they naturally grow in US Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 through 12. The plants can be slow to bʟᴏssom and set fruit, and they can only yield a few number of eatable fruits before their health starts to wane.

The amount of time after initial planting that fruit sets varies. Pineapples grown outside can produce fruit in as little as 16 months in the proper climate. It may take indoor plants 16 to 24 months or more before they bʟᴏssom and start to produce fruit. The type of planting has an impact on the time until the first fruit. Sucker-grown plants normally start bearing fruit at around 16 months, followed by slips at 24 months, and crowns at 28 months. Usually, but not always, ratoon fruits begin to grow from the side shoots within a year.

The climate determines how long you have to wait before picking a ripe pineapple. Bromeliads, which include pineapples, are tropical plants that do well in USDA zones 10 through 11. Gardeners in colder climates can grow them because they also function well and produce fruit when grown in pots.

The length of time it takes to develop pineapples from seed to harvest depends on the type and size of the plant material you utilize for propagation. Faster establishment of larger propagation shortens the time till blooming and fruiting. A pineapple can be propagated in four different ways, all of which result in one fruit, though some require nearly twice as long for each stage before fruit is produced.

When harvesting your mature pineapple, use a sharp knife or pruning snips to separate the fruit from the stalk at the base of the fruit. To avoid infecting the mother plant and the developing suckers or pups, wipe your blades in rubbing alcohol before cutting. If the pineapple peel is removed before it entirely turns color, it can finish ripening inside at room temperature. Fruits that aren’t entirely ripe shouldn’t be kept in the refrigerator since the temperature can harm the fruit and prevent it from ripening. Ripe pineapples can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week prior to use.

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