Gardening

Ananas comosus: growing pineapples at home


Pineapple comosus is a plant with pretty foliage but above all produces the fruit of the same name, pineapple.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Ananas comosus
Family : Bromeliad
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 30 to 40 cm indoors
Exposure : Very bright avoiding direct sun

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering : End of winter or summer

Read also: health benefits and virtues of pineapple

Originally from Brazil, you can very well grow a pineapple at home by respecting these growing tips.

Planting, repotting of pineapple comosus

Pineapple comosus is a plant that needs rich, well-drained soil to thrive. A special bromeliad potting mix turns out to be a better solution for pineapple comosus.

  • Pineapple comosus has very few roots, which is why a small diameter pot (about 15 cm) is sufficient.
  • We only repot when we want to separate the suckers
  • Pineapple comosus needs a well-drained substrate, which is why adding a little sand can be a plus
  • The roots of pineapple comosus dread excess water.
  • Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom

The right exposure for pineapple

Pineapple comosus needs a temperature between 18 and 24 ° which must never drop below 15 °

  • It dreads the sun's rays when they land directly on pineapple comosus
    It therefore needs good light but without direct sunlight
  • Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.

Pineapple comosus also needs a good level of humidity.

  • In winter, place the pot on a bed of clay balls or gravel constantly in water, without the pot coming into contact with water.
  • Evaporation allows the pineapple to take advantage of the moisture in the air.

Watering and fertilizer for a pineapple

Regular but moderate watering is necessary because pineapple comosus does not require not much water.

Watering a pineapple in spring and summer:

Hold the slightly moist potting soil and bring someliquid plant fertilizer green every 15 days.

  • Sprinkle ideally with water at room temperature and as little lime as possible.

Watering a pineapple in fall and winter:

Reduce watering so as to wait for the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.

Also reduce the fertilizer input to once a month.

Diseases in a pineapple

Grown indoors, we find the main indoor plant diseases as :

  • thered spider, the cochineal, the aphids but also thepowdery mildew

If the leaves turn pale or dull he is in need of light.

If the leaves sagis that the air is too dry or too hot. Restore moisture to the leaves, why not by misting water on the leaves.

If the plant does not grow much and the pineapple does not grow, it is probably related to a lack of fertilizer.

Smart tip

Beware of drafts, pineapples fear them as much as sudden changes in temperature.


Read also :

  • Did you know that houseplants clean the air
  • Benefits and virtues of pineapple for health

Video: Ananas comosus var. bracteatus Tricolor Tricolor Red Pineapple (October 2020).