I successfully started a pineapple top about a year ago, and I know it's in a too-small pot. What's the ideal size pot for one to actually thrive and bloom? And should I upgrade gradually, or is the all-at-once approach OK?
Like most bromeliads, I don't think that pineapples have a very extensive root system. You will note the nursery grown pineapple for the florist trade photo in my article that shows a pineapple successfully grown in a 6 inch plastic pot. It was probably grown, though, in absolutely ideal conditions and plenty of fertilizer.
I think a clay pot or planter that is larger in diameter than height would work best -- for greater stability of the heaviness of clay pots versus plastic, and to provide a wide, flat bottom since the pineapple plant will tend to be top-heavy, especially when in fruit.
The ideal pot would probably be a round clay planter about 8 inches in diameter and about 6 inches tall (if such a pot exists, it is probably called a "cactus pot" or "bulb planter"). A plastic pot of these dimensions would probably also work to provide enough stability.
Good drainage will be the most important consideration in the soil used. Potting soil with a good portion of sand added should do well.
Thanks for your interest! Show us a photo of your pineapple plant!!
Hi, Janet -- a craftsperson of my own heart. I was going to be a potter in middle school years when I had an excellent teacher (Marilyn Taylor) that greatly inspired me. But, alas, I was steered into theater in high school and pursued that even more dubious career choice instead. LOL
Yep, to attach a photo, you must start a new thread and attach it with the first post, which you are welcome to do.
I dabbled with the thought of getting into bonsai, but quickly began to realize how difficult it is to find excellent bonsai dishes. You certainly can't go to a big box garden center to find anything remotely appropriate. I just recently saw an announcement for an upcoming show of handmade bonsai pots, but now have no idea in what corner of my chaos that I filed that bit of information. I would think there would be a ready market for nicely styled bonsai pots for anyone interested in making them.