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Annandale, VA

October 11, 2007
12:36 AM

Post #4069933

I saw pineapple plants at my Home Depot in the indoor plant section. I live in VA, where it is too cold outside from about mid November to mid April.
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 11, 2007
2:48 AM

Post #4070523

Yes, pineapple plants can be overwintered indoors. Choose a bright, sunny window (probably facing south, if available), and water only as needed (about once a week). Try to keep the humidity high in the area immediately surrounding the pineapple, either with a tray of moist gravel with the pineapple plant raised above it (not sitting in water!), or frequent misting, or use a humidifier. You can also use less light and even less water and allow the bromeliad to go somewhat dormant during the winter months, then resume regular watering when warm temperatures return (60 F or higher) and place it in bright filtered sunlight, preferably outdoors.

Do the plants at Home Depot have pineapple fruit on them already? If so, the plants will most likely die after the fruit is fully ripe (as do most bromeliads), but you can cut the top off the pineapple fruit after you eat the pineapple and start a new pineapple plant.

Thanks for your interest! I hope it works out for you.

Granville Beach, NS
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2009
12:05 PM

Post #7255350

I live in Nova Scotia Canada and have grown a pineapple from a top cut from a fruit that we ate. It takes a few years but we did get a very tasty but rather small pineapple. The plant was always in a south facing window..

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Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 9, 2009
1:11 PM

Post #7255482

That is wonderful, encouraging news, eastjack! I hope others will experiment with growing pineapple plants indoors and report the results here.

Thanks for sharing your story and photo!


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