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Pineapple Plants

The second crop of pineapple fruits are smaller and sweeter than the first harvest.

How Many Times Does a Pineapple Plant Fruit?

A pineapple plant fruits multiple times after it reaches its mature growth. In the second year, pineapple plants produce a flower stalk at the center. This stalk produces a large fruit and a host of plantlets. This first fruit is gently removed and new pineapple fruits grow in its place. When grown commercially, the pineapple plant is thrown out after the second harvest.

A pineapple plant fruits multiple times after it reaches its mature growth. In the second year, pineapple plants produce a flower stalk at the center. This stalk produces a large fruit and a host of plantlets. This first fruit is gently removed and new pineapple fruits grow in its place. When grown commercially, the pineapple plant is thrown out after the second harvest.

How to Water a Pineapple Dracaena Plant

Water your pineapple dracaena deeply with tepid to slightly warm water, never cold, allowing the soil to dry several inches down before watering again.

Water your pineapple dracaena with distilled or filtered water if you live in an area with fluoridated tap water and the plant is showing signs of fluoride stress. Signs of stress include yellow leaf margins or spots of dead tissue on the leaves.

Mist your dracaena if the ambient humidity in its growing space is less than 40 percent to prevent the foliage from turning brown at the tips and around the edges. Mist over the foliage with tepid water a few times a week or as needed to keep the tips green.

How to Feed Pineapple Plants

Wait until the pineapple top starts producing new leaves before feeding the plant. This usually takes approximately four weeks. During these four weeks, water the plant when the top 1 inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Mix a water-soluble fertilizer formulated for houseplants according to the manufacturer's directions.

Pour the fertilizer mix over the leaves of the propagule (pineapple top) once a month for the first six months. According to Texas A&M University, it takes the propagule 6 months to develop a proper root system and the plant benefits from having the leaves directly fertilized.

Pour the fertilizer mixture directly onto the soil instead of on the leaves after the plant's first 6 months. Continue fertilizing the plant monthly until it is time to harvest.

Cut off the top of the pineapple before you eat the fruit, and start the process over again.

How Much Water Do Pineapple Plants Require?

Pineapples do not require much water.

Water pineapple plants growing indoors when the soil feels dry to a depth of several inches, usually about once a week. The soil should drain well so plants do not get "wet feet," the University of Hawaii advises. Pineapples growing outdoors need only about 20 inches of rain annually, notes the university.

Information on a Pineapple Guava Fruit Tree

Description

Pineapple guavas grow 15 feet tall and wide but are easy to maintain as smaller shrubs. Glossy green leaves with silvery undersides reflect light when the wind blows. Pale pink flowers with bright red stamens bloom in May, followed by green, egg-shaped fruits.

Landscape Uses

Pineapple guavas are excellent plants for hedges, screens or windbreaks. They can also be grown as a specimen plant in the landscape or as part of a fruit orchard.

Uses of Fruits and Flowers

Some say pineapple guavas taste like guavas and pineapples mixed; others claim it tastes like strawberries and pineapples mixed. The fruit can be eaten fresh, or used to make jelly or dried fruit strips. The fleshy flowers of pineapple guavas are also edible and have a sweet taste.

Requirements

Pineapple guavas are hardy in zones 8 to 10 and can withstand cold temperatures as low as 15 degrees. They grow in full sun or partial shade, although shade may cause a decrease in fruit production. They need well-drained soil with and regular watering.

Benefits

Pineapple guavas are a food source for bees and birds, which are needed for the pollination of fruits and the spread of seeds. Some types of bees also make honey. In addition, pineapple guava trees are drough- and salt-tolerant.