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  • How To Care For A Pineapple Plant

    2 posts, 2 voices, 3044 views, started May 20, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Denise Richardson

    • Diamond

      Pineapple plants are easy to care for, and do not require special care like many other fruit-bearing plants. Even if your pineapple plant does not produce a fruit, it is still an appealing tropical plant that will look beautiful indoors or out, depending on the weather.

      Prevent mites and mealy bugs by washing the leaves with soap and water. Never use harsh chemicals or white oil on your pineapple plant, or you may harm it. If the plant has heart rot, which causes black leaves, use scissors to cut off the affected leaves.

      Step 2Protect your tropical pineapple plant from freezing temperatures. The plant will die if exposed to extreme cold. Grow your pineapple plant indoors during the winter, and place it outside during the summer. Avoid placing your pineapple plant inside near cold drafts.

      Step 3Position your plant in partial shade when you first bring it outside for the summer, until it becomes accustom to the temperatures and unfiltered sun rays. Gradually introduce your plant to direct sunlight. Pineapple plants need at least 12 hours of sun a day. If you cannot supply this amount of light during the winter months, use a grow light for part of the time indoors. If the plant produces fruit, reduce the light exposure to 10 hours a day.

      Step 4Water indoor pineapple plants once a week, enough to wet the soil down deep. If the plant is outdoors, it only needs about 20 inches of water all year.

      Step 5Pick the pineapple when the color is golden half way up the fruit. New shoots or slips will grow after you pick the fruit. Clip the shoots to start new plants, or discard them.

      Step 6Feed your pineapple plant houseplant food when you plant it, and every three months following. Pour the solution into the soil as the base of the plant, under the leaves.

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