I just planted a pineapple crown from a grocery store pineapple. Most of the leaves have already turned brown but some still have some green left in them. Is it common for the leaves to brown after planting or is it likely that my pineapple has already died?
Any help on pineapple growing is very appreciated!!
Hi, nickb90! Yes, it is the usual situation for some portion of the pineapple crown to turn brown, especially the leaves closest to the soil. I truly just plop the crowns into the sandy soil of my garden and basically forget about them. I sometimes notice over the ensuing weeks that they brown out on leaf tips and lower leaves, but as long as there is still some green showing, there is a good chance that the pineapple is establishing a root system and will rebound with fresh new growth within a few months.
Most of my pineapple plants were lost in severely cold winters we had for the past two years (low 20s F for sustained periods for up to two weeks - weird weather for northeast Florida). I've started a few new plants from pineapples I've bought at the grocery store.
The pineapple that seems to be the most cold hardy is a red-leaved pineapple plant (which is different from a "red pineapple"). It has come through the severe winters with minimal damage, but it has never made a flower or fruit. I haven't thus far been able to find a botanical name for the species.