Common Name: Pineapple
Botanical Name: Ananas comosus
Although the fruit that Ananas comosus produce are most likely going to be your favorite part, this plant has more than just its deliciousness to offer. The leaves of a Pineapple are stiff, waxy, with sharp edges. We are talking sword-shape, sharp. But fear not, as this plant is not only “edgy”, it has a “nice” side too with its pretty flowers that multiply as it surrounds the middle of the rosette of leaves.
Pineapple plants do best in direct light as they need full exposure to produce fruit. We recommend that you put your Pineapple by a window where throughout the day, it can get bright sunlight that it needs for its overall health. Rotate your plant, making sure that all the sides receive the right dosage of light. This helps prevent your plant from growing unevenly, as most pineapple plants will lean directly near the source of light that is provided.
Moderate watering is needed for your pineapple plant to be its healthiest. That being said, ensure that the soil is always moist, but is not too saturated. Although there are various factors that can play a role in how often you water your plant, strive for once or twice a week. Water your plant up until you notice that the water the bottom of the pot has water that is draining. You may find yourself watering your plant more when it is spring and summer, and less for fall and winter. This is completely normal and encouraged, as well!
Ananas comosus prefers to be in well-draining soil. Avoid standing water or waterlogged soil for your plant, as that can cause issues to it such as root rot. The recommended pH range should range between 5.5 and 7.0 and the soil should be a bit acidic to partially alkaline. If you decide to add organic matter to the mixture, you should do so prior to planting. This will provide your plants with the nutrients it requires.
The most desired temperature for your pineapple plant ranges between 70°F (21°C) and 85°F (29°C). The warmer and more tropical the environment, the better! Avoid your plant in any temperatures that are under 50°F (10°C) because overly cold temperature exposure can damage or even kill your plant due to frost. Never place your Pineapple near spots like air-conditioning vents.
High humidity is required in order for your pineapple plant to thrive. The best humidity levels are between 60% and 80%, so in other words, prevent your plant from being exposed to any extra or prolonged dryness because the leaves can turn brown, growth can be effected, and more unwanted problems for your pineapple can occur. For people that are growing their plant indoors, we suggest that you use a humidifier to increase humidity in your house.
You should fertilize your pineapple plant every 4 to 6 weeks, in the spring and summer, otherwise known as, the growing season. Apply fertilizer to your plant that has a nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), balance. The ration of N-P-K should be close to 10-10-10 or 14-14-14. This helps make sure that your plant is being fed the right amount of each nutrient that is very essential to the plants overall health.
Although dependent on a few conditions, Ananas comosus is a slow grower. It can take close to 1 to 2 years for this plant to reach its full potential and mature height. The mature height of this plant ranges from 2 to 5 feet. Pineapple plants leaves can spread a diameter of 2 to 4 feet once it has matured fully.
Pet Friend or Foe
Pineapple is usually considered to be non-toxic to pets. Friend!
1. When you are in the process of choosing a Pineapple plant, make sure that you select one that has leaves that are both green and healthy. Also, try to avoid a pineapple plant that shows signs of faded color or that is damaged.
2. Your plant needs over 8 hours of direct sunlight every day.
3. Remember that getting rid of any brown or damaged leaves frequently is important for both your pineapple plants overall health and look.