Note - picture heavy post. Pineapple plant with flower, you will notice likeness to Brommeliad flowers?
|6th February, 2013, after good lot of rain.|
|Taken three weeks later, about 15cm.|
|Taken in late April - 3 months later - 30cm|
|Just before being picked, 25.6.13. Measured on ground over 45cm, about 18 inches|
|Left to continue to ripen after picking, for 10 days before cutting. Weight = 1,421gms or nearly 1.5kg.|
|Cut on 8.7.13, five months after flower shot. Saved new top for planting.|
|Fruit weight is 788grams - over 3/4 kilo. Cut out the eyes too, dont worry! :D juicy, huh?|
|Use the top of picked fruit to plant ready for more fruit, as first one was done too. Now have small plantation :D|
Sucker plant inside the mother plant. Main plant will die off and new one will take over, but I must not remove mother plant too soon. It is same as with Brommeliads.
Now you can see the full cycle in this second last picture as the top is what I planted in first place. It was very tasty pineapple of the rough skinned variety here in Oz - they seem to be the sweetest and took I would estimate almost two years to get fruit from top in our temperate climate. It was approx 18 months to shoot, and five months once it shot the flower from whence fruit came.
For previous posts on Pineapple growing see this link here.
Shaz in Oz.x