There are a lot of plants that are used for decoration because of their specific appearance and they sure know how to warm-up your household.
Because of that, today we are going to see how to grow an ornamental pineapple plant and if you like the idea, you can try it out and let us know if it worked out.
If you like cute and miniature versions of common fruit that look beautiful in your home or are just a huge SpongeBob fan, then this guide is for you.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
What is an Ornamental Pineapple?
Before we see how to grow it, let us first get to know something about this little fella.
The Ornamental Pineapple, or known by its scientific name as Ananas comosus ‘Champaca’ belongs to the Bromeliaceae family and the Bromelioideae subfamily.
It is native to the tropical regions of Central and South America.
Also, it is a short-lived perennial plant which instead of the tree growing the usual 3-5 feet, it grows to about 2 feet in height and 4 feet in width.
The green leaves are sort of sword-shaped and sharp and they are held in a dense rosette.
The fruit itself is held in the center on a sturdy stalk and it can be pink or green in color depending on the species.
The reason why these pineapples are pink is that they have a pink pigment called lycopene, the same pigment that makes watermelons and tomatoes red.
Side note: Although these pineapples look appetizing, they are not for human consumption because they do not retain as much water as a regular pineapple and they taste bland.
How to Grow Ornamental Pineapple Tree Indoors?
It’s actually quite easy to grow it, and be sure that I’ll give some further details. However, if you want to learn more on how to grow it from the top, there’s a lot of info on it!
Let’s dive into planting, soil and fertilizing, watering, humidity, and sunlight that make your pineapple plant thrive!
Planting an Ornamental Pineapple Tree
When planting an ornamental pineapple, you have two options:
- Digging a hole and planting it in your garden ideally in a semi-shaded area.
- Planting it in a pot, starting with a small one, about 6″, and re-potting it in larger ones after several years.
The first option, planting it in your garden has some benefits such as not needing to re-pot the plant when it grows and giving it natural sunlight all day, but also has some disadvantages.
Growing the plant in the garden might expose it to plant parasites and rough weather condition so it’s not so ideal.
The second option, growing the plant in a pot or a container is, in our opinion, better because you can set just the right conditions for your oriental pineapple to grow perfectly.
You can fertilize it easier as well as take better care of the temperature and the wetness of the soil, but it’s up to you to decide how you want to plant your pineapple.
As far as obtaining the actual plant, you also have different options:
- You can cut off the side shoots of a pineapple which is half the size of a full-grown one and plant them.
- You can leave a little bit of the fruit attached to the topknot by cutting an already existing small pineapple plant.
- And you can also divide the root parts of a mature plant and plant them as well.
Anyone of these methods will result in your miniature pineapple starting to grow.
Soil and Fertilizing of Ornamental Pineapple Tree
Now that you know where to plant your ornamental pineapple, let’s see what kind of soil and fertilizer this little plant likes best.
The perfect soil mixture for your baby pineapple would be:
- 1 part peat
- 1 part bark
- 1 part coarse sand or perlite
Be sure that your soil mixture is well-drained and that your container and pot has proper drainage as well.
Just measure the volume of your pot or container and calculate how much soil you will need and there you have it.
When it comes to fertilizing, it’s super easy.
Just add some diluted liquid fertilizer to your spray bottle and spray the leaves once a month or 6-8 weeks depending on the strength of your fertilizer.
It is advised to use half-strength organic fertilizer and not to over-do it because the leaves can lose coloring.
Taking Care Of Ornamental Pineapple Tree
Watering Ornamental Pineapple Tree
Watering your oriental pineapple doesn’t take much effort because it’s a tropical plant and it’s fairly resistant to drought.
However, you should keep the soil moist by filling the center vase with distilled water or even rain-sourced water if you happen to have it.
The soil mustn’t be too dry and too wet, but rather damp and you should water it once a week and check the soil moisture daily.
Also, be sure to provide your plant with proper drainage, otherwise you will risk your pineapple rotting in the “heart” because the soil is too wet.
Humidity that Ornamental Pineapple Tree Needs
The real secret of ornamental pineapple plant care is providing it with proper humidity conditions to simulate the tropical climate.
You should provide average to above average humidity by providing your plant with humidity plate which the pot or the container sits on top of.
Also, you can mist the leaves with water from time to time if you sense that the weather outside is too warm.
Providing proper humidity is important because of 2 things:
- You are recreating a tropical climate during intense summer heats or when you are using artificial heating.
- You are preventing the leaves to go dry which are typically caused by dry air.
As you can see, the combination of taking care of humidity and the moisture of the soil is crucial for your pineapple to grow properly.
Sunlight That Ornamental Pineapple Tree Requires
The ornamental pineapple plant is a true lover of the sun that’s for sure, but it isn’t a bad idea to keep it in the shade as well.
If you want to grow this plant indoors then you want to keep it near a window because the plant should absorb natural sunlight then artificial lighting.
As we already said, this is a tropical plant and if you live in a warmer climate then you are lucky because your plant will grow much faster and better, but milder climates are also great.
Optimal Temperature for Growing Ornamental Pineapple Tree
Getting back to my previous point, you won’t have any luck growing this plant in cold places such as Alaska or northern Canada because the temperatures there are too low.
The ideal temperature for growing your ornamental pineapple is about 65 to 80ºF or 18 to 27ºC.
You should avoid temperatures lower than 55ºF or 13ºC and if you live in a region when temperatures are known to go down, then you should consider keeping it indoors.
Re-potting of Ornamental Pineapple Tree
You will have to replant your pineapple into a larger container or pot when it grows out the old one.
Be sure to make another soil mixture when re-potting and use some of that half-strength fertilizer to initiate the growing process again.
Because this pineapple grows slowly, after several years when it reaches its maximum height of about 2 feet, you won’t need to change the container.
At that stage, you should only change the soil once a year and give it the usual care so that it stays healthy.
Propagation of Ornamental Pineapple Tree
Another thing that is important in ornamental pineapple plant care is propagation.
So once the plant has flowered and the mother plant starts to produce pups instead of growing the leaves any further.
When this happens, you can use these offsets to plant new plants by cutting them off near the main plant.
You should do this when you start to notice that they begin to grow roots or when they reach about a third size of the mother plant.
Once you get your offset, then you need to start all over again and be careful with it because they are very delicate.
You need to repeat the same steps and see that your new plant receives proper care in so that it can fully develop.
The good thing is that once you get one ornamental pineapple plant, you don’t have to buy more so it is a one-time investment if you think about it that way.
- To prevent over-watering your pineapple, you should water the plant itself and not the soil so that the water distributes equally through and just moistens-up the soil.
- Remember that artificial heating is good and that artificial lighting is bad.
- Recreate a tropical climate as much as you can and check the humidity of the weather daily.
- Don’t try to fertilize the hell out of this plant just because it takes time for it to grow. Be patient and your pineapple will turn out looking beautiful and healthy.
And that’s about it when it comes to growing your ornamental pineapple plant.
We’ve talked about what are the characteristics of this type of pineapple, we’ve discussed proper ornamental pineapple plant care and also we’ve given you some extra tips to help you grow it yourself.
As you can see, although this is a tropical plant it doesn’t take too much effort to grow it if you give it enough time and love.
We hope that you’ve found this article special and if you have any suggestions, comments or if you want to share your experience growing this plant, please comment down below.
Good luck and happy gardening!
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