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Friday, January 18, 2013

My Pineapple - Week 1

Each time I buy a fresh pineapple, I cut off the top. Then I scrape away any flesh at the cut point, remove about an inch or so of the bottom leaves, and put it outside on a window ledge so the base can thoroughly dry. After about a week, roots can be seen winding around the bottom stem and the area is nice and dry with no rot.

I then put the pineapple top into about an inch of water and the roots plump up nicely. There does not seem to be any urgency in planting the top as long as the water level is maintained.

Some pineapple tops that were planted in the green, or rainy, season were lost to rot but others did okay. They don't like a lot of wet. Today I planted three more tops.

Ta da! This week I noticed a tiny pineapple emerging from one of the first tops I planted .... this is quite amazing to me, a person brought up in northern climates. Pineapple came in cans or imported whole, so they were pricey. I used to look for Costa Rican pineapples in the Vancouver, B.C., area markets once we knew we were moving here. Now here we are, right where those same pineapples originate.

So, every Friday I will post a photo of our baby pineapple and we'll watch how it progresses.

Week 1

 

 

6 comments:

Lizz said...

If we have to look at baby pics the least you could do is name it...

Diana said...

Ha ha ha! Maybe I should hold a naming contest ....

Dan and Lisle said...

We have 20 plants, and Lisle does the same with the tops as we eat store bought ones - nothing to show for it but spiky leaves - 18 months and counting - You are soooo lucky!

Photolera Claudinha said...

Grow, baby, grow! Good luck with your tropical fruit orchard. I suggest "Ani" for your piña pup, because piña in German is Ananas.

Diana said...

I think this was the first one I planted, so don't despair. A baby piña will pop out one day!

Diana said...

"Ani" it is! I hope I don't kill it after all this attention.