PINEAPPLE PURE GOLD
An tropical plant with edible fruit, the Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a member of the Bromeliad family. Our Pineapple Pure Gold is a known commercial variety (73-50), and will produce sweet and tasty pineapples once mature (around 2 years after planting under ideal conditions).
Producing a rosette of spiky foliage, these unusual plants can be grown in gardens or tubs, and in cooler climates can be grown inside as a potted specimen.
Pineapples only require one plant to produce fruit, and the fruit is very slow to ripen- taking about 6 months. Until the fruit is fully ripe they are unfit to eat because of toxicity issues.
Like most Bromeliads, once the fruit has been produced, the parent plant will slowly die leaving a colony of pups at the base of the dying plant.
For outdoor growth: Select a well drained soil in a warm position, and ensure adequate space is given for a wide berth around the spiky leaves. Ensure regular watering during dry periods but make sure plants are not overwatered as Pineapples will not tolerate waterlogged soils and will rot if the soil is poorly drained.
For indoor growth: Select a warm position with bright light but preferably not direct sunlight, and ensure the temperature ranges from 21 to 28 degrees. Plant into a well drained potting mix and ensure the pot selected has adequate drainage holes. Drill more if there is only one hole in the base of the pot. Being a tropical plant, Pineapples require humidity to grow well, so sitting the pot in a tray of pebbles and keeping water in the tray is a good way of ensuring humidity is provided, without making the soil over wet. Fertilise regularly with a soluble fertiliser during the warmer months when the Pineapple is growing actively. Ensure the foliage is exposed to the fertililser as Pineapples have fairly small root systems for the size of the plant they become.
Supplied as a potted plant
- Suitable for areas with full sun
- Suitable for areas with part shade
- Ideal in pots or containers
- Grows 1.5m wide
- Grows to 1.5m high
- Late Winter or Summer
- Ideal Growing Regions:
- Mild Tropical
- View growing regions on the Climate Map
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Common Name: BROMELIADS
Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Plant Type: Epiphytes (rock dwelling evergreen plant)
Positioning: Full sun to part Shade
Depth: Just below the soil surface, making sure the basal leaves are above ground level to avoid rotting
General Information: Exotic looking evergreen perennials that are amazingly adaptable, Bromeliads are tough and easy to grow. They often have colourful foliage and have colourful, long-lasting flower spikes.
Soil: A well drained, open and rich soil is required. Orchid mix is ideal if grown in a pot.
Watering: Moist soil and a humid atmosphere are ideal during the growing season. Do not allow to get too wet in winter.
Fertilising: Use a 1⁄4 strength liquid fertiliser to the soil every fortnight or a 1⁄4 teaspoon of slow release fertiliser to the soil surface during spring & summer. Never add fertiliser to the central ‘well’ of the plant.
Pruning: Remove spent flowers and any damaged leaves. The “mother” plant may die after flowering, but “pups” should grow on to mature size and eventually flower.
Likes: A humid, airy position.
Pests: Bromeliads are relatively pest free.
✔ Ideal for indoor plant specimen, also ideal in garden beds with open and free draining soil.
Tips: In cooler climates, most varieties like to be protected from frost, can be grown indoors or in a very sheltered position outside. Although some bromeliads can be grown in full sun, plants grow better in filtered sunlight. If planted in
a pot, they can be brought inside when in flower.
Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.
Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.
The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:
- Tropical – hot humid summer .
- Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
- Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
- Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter