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.
- Water lightly. Overwatering is the easiest way to hurt the plant.
- Fertilize the leaves regularly, about once a week, 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 big enough it sets fruit at the next solstice and takes about six months to ripen.
- Pick when you see yellow dots in the green eyes, which should be plump, all the way from bottom to top.