Pineapple

Pineapple

A member of the Bromeliad family, the Pineapple is a short lived, tropical plant known for its juicy, fragrant fruit that originates from Southern America. It is believed to have received its name as it resembles a large pine cone.  This plant has large bluish green sword shaped leaves that grow from the stem with smaller ones growing out from the top of the fruit. Fruits take on a yellowish brown colour when ripened and once picked, the suckers around the base are cultivated as the plant soon dies.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    The pineapple can be grown wherever you can grow mangoes.

    Plant in the warmest part of your garden, where your pineapple will receive the most sunlight for best growth and fruit production.

    In cooler regions, plant near buildings or a structure that offers some protection from the winter cold.

    Plants require a frost free environment. In cooler areas, overhead covers are recommended.

    The pineapple is quite drought tolerant. However, for good fruit adequate water must be provided. Although, in higher rainfall areas do not irrigate too frequently as this may lead to root rot.

    Prefers well drained, moderately fertile, sandy loam. The soil should be friable for a depth of 50cm.

    When planting groups of pineapple, space at 30-40cm apart, setting crowns 5cm deep, with suckers and slips up to 7.5-10cm deep in the soil.

    Fruiting pineapples may require the stalk to be staked with a wooden or bamboo stake to prevent the stalk toppling over under the weight of the fruit.

    Some growers have resulted in increased yields by trimming the basal leaves.

    Fumigation of the soil prior to planting can lead to higher quality fruit and higher yields.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Plant & Ratoon

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 100-120g

    Commercial Use: 1-1.2t/ha

    Comments: Home gardeners should sprinkle fertiliser so that ½ falls into the butts of the lower leaves and the half, no more than 30cm from base of the plant.

    Commercial growers should apply as a band under plant lines during hilling up or as a side dressing soon after planting.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.