I was really excited to discover pineapple plants with a small baby pineapple sticking straight up through the center of the mother plant at a local nursery. Imagine that, I can have this lovely fruit growing in my indoor tropical garden. The color along would add an eye catching wonder. The plant was potted with shiny small rocks which further enhanced its attraction.
I eagerly purchased the plant at a not so comfort price and rush it home where it joined in gracefully with the other plants. After giving it weeks of tender loving care I was shocked to watch the plant deteriorate away! The stem which held the baby pineapple so proudly upright was withering and the mother plant had signs of dying out on the tips of its leaves or spikes.
When watering the plant I had noticed with frustration that the lovely glued together rocks were preventing the water from reaching the soil. Not wishing to give up the rocks I continued to water closer in to the plant at the trunk. Now at this point I’m not sure if the plant is getting the proper amount of water or not. But visual signs of a dying mother plant and the life giving stem running to the baby pineapple becoming dried out was enough to inform me that we needed help. After doing some research I discovered that the lovely glued together rocks where a sure fire way to kill any plant. The rocks make it impossible to check the soil for moisture levels. They will also hold in moisture causing the plant to be in a near standing water state which can lead to drowning or root rot.
Knowing that it takes two or three years for a pineapple plant to produce an offspring I was disappointed to say the least at the thoughts of having to give up my lovely plant. I have attempted to rescue the mother plant by removing the baby. The mother plant is capable of producing several more offspring’s before becoming barren. The top of the baby plant can be use as a starter for a new plant. This is done by cutting off the top about an inch into the fruit area and removing several rows of the bottom leaves. Allow the top to air dry for several days so that the fruit area becomes dry to the touch then place in a pot with soil where it will take root and grow. After patiently waiting a couple of years you should see your baby pineapple plant grow and produce a baby of its own.
I can take joy in the coming years knowing that I saved this baby plant and watching it slowly become an adult. If you are a lover of fresh pineapple and would love to start a pineapple plant of your own then save the top by follow the directions given above. It is far less costly to start your own plant than it is to purchase one from a nursery. Last but not least you will get the pleasure of accomplishing the growing process on your own.
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