Author Topic: growing pineapples  (Read 13186 times)

Offline bo

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1141
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2012, 08:14:21 AM »
This reminds me of all of the avocado seeds we sprouted that never turned into trees.

Offline morticaixavier

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 7407
  • Underhill VT
    • View Profile
    • The Best Artist in the WORLD!!!!!
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2012, 08:15:22 AM »
Why must you post stuff like this?

I now have a pineapple top in a vase of water in my kitchen.

I have other things to do, people!!!

But, I suppose the kids will love it. 

Supposing it grows, I doubt this thing will survive inside through a Chicago winter.

It'll survive, might not fruit but it will survive.

On fruiting, perhaps puna can confirm or deny, or perhaps not. I have read that if you put a very ripe apple in the pot with the pineapple and close the whole thing up in a plastic bag for a few days the etheline(sp?) produced by the apple will trigger flowering.
This reminds me of all of the avocado seeds we sprouted that never turned into trees.

I have an avacado tree that is now almost 5 years old in a pot. doing great. had to move it inside last summer cause it was getting burnt by the sun.
"Creativity is the residue of wasted time"
-A Einstein

"errors are [...] the portals of discovery"
- J Joyce

Online Joe Sr.

  • I spend way too much time on the AHA forum
  • ********
  • Posts: 2948
  • Chicago - NORTH SIDE
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2012, 08:27:51 AM »
This reminds me of all of the avocado seeds we sprouted that never turned into trees.

This is exactly what I was thinking when I read the original post.

I can't tell you how many pits we sprouted in glasses of water.

As a kid, though, I wasn't all that interested in plants.  More into bugs, snakes, etc.
It's all in the reflexes. - Jack Burton

Offline punatic

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 4583
  • Puna District, Hawaii Island (UTC -10)
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2012, 10:37:50 AM »
My sister lives in West Chicago (and works at Fermilab).  She's got one pineapple growing in a pot.  She got it though the winter under a lamp.  I think it's more about staying warm and photoperiod than anything else.

Avocado seeds are not true.  There's a good chance the plant will not make fruit that is the same as the fruit the seed came from.  But, they are fun to grow in a glass as a houseplant anyway.

When I find an avocado tree that I really like, I just remember where it is and go back to pick when it's in season.  Avocado, mango, guava, papaya, lilikoi (passion fruit) grow wild all over Puna and are free for the taking.

I have cloned avocado trees by air-layer.  That works well.

Can't really comment on the apple-flower trick.  Never had to try it.  I'm not much of an apple fan.  Never lived where they grow (until now).  There are some apple orchards here, up at about 6000ft. elevation on Mauna Kea.  Those who have tried them say they are very tasty.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 11:59:37 AM by punatic »
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.


AHA Life Member #33907

Offline weithman5

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1681
  • naperville, il
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2012, 10:56:27 AM »
weird since we both fished sebastian, both lived in hawaii and west chicago is only a few miles up the road from me. half dozen or so patients and friends work at fermi-lab.  therefore, i should be successfull at growing an pineacado.
Don AHA member

Online Joe Sr.

  • I spend way too much time on the AHA forum
  • ********
  • Posts: 2948
  • Chicago - NORTH SIDE
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2012, 11:11:32 AM »
Avacado, mango, guava, papaya, lilikoi (passion fruit) grow wild all over Puna and are free for the taking.

Crab grass and mulberry trees seem to grow wild over by here.

Those, and silver maples.  Filthiest tree ever.
It's all in the reflexes. - Jack Burton

Offline punatic

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 4583
  • Puna District, Hawaii Island (UTC -10)
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2012, 11:44:24 AM »
weird since we both fished sebastian, both lived in hawaii and west chicago is only a few miles up the road from me. half dozen or so patients and friends work at fermi-lab.  therefore, i should be successfull at growing an pineacado.

Only if it's been bombarded with the Higgs boson...   8)
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.


AHA Life Member #33907

Offline weithman5

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1681
  • naperville, il
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2012, 12:01:58 PM »
suppose your sister could sneak it in to the collider?
Don AHA member

Offline morticaixavier

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 7407
  • Underhill VT
    • View Profile
    • The Best Artist in the WORLD!!!!!
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2012, 12:32:53 PM »
suppose your sister could sneak it in to the collider?

if you did that with hot cereal would it become collidal oatmeal?
"Creativity is the residue of wasted time"
-A Einstein

"errors are [...] the portals of discovery"
- J Joyce

Offline punatic

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 4583
  • Puna District, Hawaii Island (UTC -10)
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2012, 12:33:50 PM »
It would be heavy s***!
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.


AHA Life Member #33907

Online Joe Sr.

  • I spend way too much time on the AHA forum
  • ********
  • Posts: 2948
  • Chicago - NORTH SIDE
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2012, 09:18:16 AM »
I have roots coming out of the top of my pineapple.  Very cool.

I'll jam this thing into a pot in a couple of weeks and put it out in the yard near the roses.
It's all in the reflexes. - Jack Burton

Offline tubercle

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1639
  • Sweet Caroline
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2012, 04:18:23 PM »
How cold tolerant are pineapples? I wonder if they would grow in SC?

Never tried avocados, but I will 8) Would planting the whole avocado be better. Other types of fruit, like peaches, plums, etc do better planting whole. There are thangs in the flesh of the fruit that do something to help the seed.

Disclaimer: I ain't no horticulturist but I spent my whole life farming and such. Don't know all of the science, just what works.
Sweet Caroline where the Sun rises over the deep blue sea and sets somewhere beyond Tennessee

Offline punatic

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 4583
  • Puna District, Hawaii Island (UTC -10)
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2012, 04:36:40 PM »
I grew pineapples outdoors in Orlando.  They survived frost, but not hard freezes.

Avocado seeds sprout very well nekkid.  No need to waste good avocado meat.

Avocado seeds are a crapshoot.  They do not breed true.  The seeds are crossbreeds.  The best bet is to find a tree bearing friut you like and clone it by air layer.  Pretty easy to do.  Avocados are more cold-hardy than pineapples, but I don't know if they can stand the cold you get there in the Palmetto State.



I just checked the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences web site.  They say you can't propagate avocadoes by cuttings or air layering. 

Oops!  I didn't know that I wasn't supposed to do that...

Oh well, you know what they say about Hawaii: you can plant a broomstick and grow a broom tree here.  ;D
« Last Edit: June 06, 2012, 04:51:46 PM by punatic »
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.


AHA Life Member #33907

Offline jeffy

  • I spend way too much time on the AHA forum
  • ********
  • Posts: 2829
  • Tampa, Fl
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2012, 05:49:15 PM »
The avocados that you can sprout and grow from store-bought fruit don't do well even in Central Florida's climate.  The trees tend to freeze in temps under 40F.  Besides, as punatic says, they take considerable more work to become fruit-producing.
My fruit-bearing avocado is the hardier variety, but still is nerve-wracking in mid Winter when the blossoms are full and the temp drops below 40.
Jeff Gladish, Tampa (989.3, 175.1 Apparent Rennarian)
Homebrewing since 1990
AHA member since 1991, now a lifetime member
BJCP judge since 1995

Offline tschmidlin

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 8195
  • Redmond, WA
    • View Profile
Re: growing pineapples
« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2012, 08:52:41 PM »
How long should it take to get roots from the pineapple top?  I tossed the first one, it was looking raggedy.  But I have another healthy looking one drying on top of the fridge, another day or so and it goes into the water.
Tom Schmidlin