How to grow your own Sugarloaf Pineapple
Every Sugarloaf Pineapple we sell comes with a top that you can easily grow a new plant from. Of course you need a warm and sunny climate to expect it to really thrive. Here are some basic points if you want to try it yourself, but please understand there is a lot more to it if you want to produce large high quality fruit.
- Snap the top off, peel off the small lower leaves to expose 2 or 3 inches.
- Let it sit for at least a week in a dry, well shaded place such as a garage.
- Plant in soil that drains well. Full sunlight is best. Pineapple cannot tolerate a frost.
- Water lightly. Overwatering is the easiest way to hurt the plant.
- Fertilize by foliar application, which is liquid fertilizer sprayed on the leaves, about once or twice a month, with a formula for acid-loving plants.
- The larger you can grow the plant the larger the fruit will be.
- Pineapple usually takes 18 to 24 months to produce the first fruit.
- When the plant is old enough it will produce a flower at the next solstice and takes about five months to ripen from when you see the flower.
- Pick when you see yellow dots in the green eyes, which should be plump, all the way from bottom to top.