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Re: Pineapples are ripe

We have 12 30-gallon pots with pineapples in them--one plant per pot. Four of them fruited this year. When they fruit, the plant dies, but it sends out suckers first. We've found, however, that rooting the tops of the fruit is better than trying to save and re-pot the suckers, so when a plant fruits, we usually clean out the pot, re-mix and fortify the soil, and start all over. It takes an average 18 months from pineapple top to edible fruit. But soooo good [!] because we don't have to pick them green to get them to market.

We've got two more 30-gallon pots in the patch that we're trying to fill with yard waste that will compost down and make new growing pots--but that's a long process, mostly because I forget about them. Originally, we had wanted 24 pots, but I doubt that we'll ever get there.

On Jul 30, 2005, at 7:00 PM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:

Jim, you have pineapple on ranch?  How wonderful!

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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