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How many pineapples do a pineapple plant grow?
A few years ago, I asked this question to a number of people, just before I embarked on the project to grow my first pineapple plant. Given it takes quite a while for a new pineapple plant to grow fruit (around 18 months – 2 years) I wanted to be sure he effort was worthwhile.
Almost without fail the answer was “…only one. A pineapple plant will only grow 1 pineapple.” To me, logically this did not make sense. If this was the case, unless the plant had some way of spreading vast quantities of seed independently of the fruit, they would just die out and go extinct. So I went and grew my plant and got a real answer from experience. Clearly my gardening advisers were trying to be helpful, without having a clue what they were talking about bless them.
Anyway, I put this video together for you as it explains how a single pineapple plant will continue to produce fruit. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, let me know your thoughts in the comments.
What would any urban gardener be if he didn’t bring his garden indoors. And what would an indoor garden be without alfalfa sprouts? I love alfalfa sprouts, so full of goodness and so easy to grow. I remember starting to grow alfalfa when I was but a wee lad, probably 5 years old with nothing other than a jar. I think I perforated the lid for drainage, by hitting a small nail through it a few dozen times.
I recently purchased a great little sprout grower for our kitchen – I am testing it out at the moment and will do a full product review once my test is completed. Really though you cannot go too far wrong when growing alfalfa, all you do is put the seeds in a jar, rinse them with water and put the jar in filtered light. By filtered light I mean natural light, just not direct sunlight. Rinse them a minimum of 3 times a day and let the water drain. If you want to water them more, go for your life. They are usually good to eat in as little as 3 – 4 days after planting them.
If you haven’t had them before, they are great in salads, on sandwiches even eating by the handful. They are really very nutritious also.
One of the real positives about alfalfa is that they are perfect for getting children involved with growing things. Because they grow so fast, the kids don’t lose interest. They get to eat their own produce in less than a week after planting it, then they get to plant some more. It grows so fast they can almost see the sprouts grow. At the time of writing this post, I have a 3 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. Every day I find them checking the sprouts when I come downstairs. They take turns with everything, planting the seeds, watering, eating when their individual crop is ready for harvesting. Its almost like TV for them they get so involved. Its really lovely to see.
If you have not grown alfalfa sprouts before, there is really no excuse for this one. Everyone has enough room, everyone has enough time, everyone can afford it and I have never met anyone who could kill an alfalfa plant. So go on – get to it
There are many benefits to growing pineapples – and shortly I will produce a series of videos showing you how to propagate and grow pineapples for yourself. So to precede this series though I thought I’d share some thoughts about the benefits of pineapples and why you’d want to grow them.
Pineapple Benefit 1 – Growing Pineapples is Easy
Growing pineapples is actually pretty easy – if you are patient. Once you have a pineapple, you can pretty much turn that into an endless farm of pineapple fields is you had the time, space and patience. So the good news is if you love pineapples and recycling – you can turn these loves into unlimited supply of both
Pineapple plants are drought tolerant. This is great for us people growing them in Australia. Personally I live on the Gold Coast and I just do not water my pineapple plants at all. If you don’t understand the conditions we have here on the Gold Coast, we are borderline tropical. So we seem to get a mix of summer, autumn, winter, spring; combined with a partial wet season/dry season. Its a bit mixed up. We do get periods of 6 – 12 weeks of no rain though and my pineapples continue to grow and produce fruit whether I water them or not during these spells.
There is one extra tip I have for Aussie backyard growers too – as soon as you think your pineapple is ripe, pick it. Even if you then leave it for a day or too sitting inside in the sun to fully ripen. I have had many a pineapple stolen by local marauding possums over the years
Pineapple Benefit 2 – Pineapples Are Good For You
Pineapples are very good for you. I could write a book on this but rather, I thought I’d condense some of the health benefits into bullet points so you don’t have to read for months…
- Despite being full of vitamins and minerals, pineapples are very low in calories.
- They contain bromelain which is an enzyme that:
- helps break down protein
- has anti-inflammatory properties
- has anti-clotting properties
- has anti-cancer properties
- Comes full of vitamin C
- Has a bunch of other elements which help control heart rate and blood pressure
Pineapple Benefit 3 – They Look Pretty Cool
Most of the time a pineapple is a simple spikey plant. If you pick the right corner of your garden they look pretty cool year round. All of a sudden though, you get this bit piece of “multi-fruit” growing out of the centre of it. I never tire of people walking past my pineapple plants and hearing the “Wow – thats a pineapple” comment that come back. People really are astounded when you have pineapples growing in your garden. Its a lot of fun.