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Tobar
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:06 pm    Post subject: Pineapple Cutting Reply with quote

Hi

Early last year I topped a Pineapple, cut all the surplus Fruit off the base, and placed it in water, in an attempt to grow a new plant.

Since then, the centre has sprouted new leaves, which are growing well.


My issue is that the plant still has absolutely no roots, and I am afraid if I just stick it into a pot of soil, that it will die off.


Can anybody help?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Pineapple is a Bromeliad, root systems aren't great. The plant will continue to grow and eventually produce roots. Roots are strange things, plants produce roots to suit the environment. Roots produced in water are made up entirely different from those produced in soil. So, if your Pineapple produces roots in water, those roots will begin to die of when you pot the plant in compost and it will then produce roots more suitable for growing in compost. It would have been easier and save time if you treated the top as you did but pressed it into a pot of compost instead of water.
My 7-year-old-daughter did this with the top of a Pineapple in April 2008, it is now a foot higher, it's lived in a cold greenhouse right through the winter, minimum night temps of 0c and average night temps of 3c. They are quite hardy.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bill, that's a great help. I'll get moving on that now.

Much appreciated.
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