Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like pineapples decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
Pineapple’s possible health benefits include: Age-related macular degeneration; Asthma prevention; Blood pressure (helps with lowering blood pressure); Cancer (prostate cancer, colon cancer); Diabetes; Heart health.
Growing pineapples is easy if you get the basics right. A few things you should know about pineapple plants:
– Pineapples don’t need much water.
– Pineapples don’t need much soil or high quality soil.
– Pineapples grow in full sun, even in the hottest climates, but they also do well in dappled shade.
- Cut off the leafy top about half an inch below the leaves. Then remove some of the lowest leaves. Trim off the outer portion of the pineapple top at the bottom of the crown, or stem, until you see root buds. These should resemble small, brown-colored bumps around the stem’s perimeter.
- Allow the pineapple top to dry for several days to one week prior to planting. This helps the top to heal, discouraging problems with rotting.
- Just make a small hole in the ground or in a pot and stick your little pineapple in that. Push the soil back in and firm it around the base so the pineapple sits straight and doesn’t fall over. If the soil is dry give it some water.
The roots don’t need much space but the plant itself grows to an impressive size. Pineapple leaves are very spiky, so make sure you put them in a place where they can spread without becoming a nuisance.
Pineapples grow with very little water. Make sure your soil is thickly mulched to reduce evaporation, and consider growing pineapples under a bit of shade. However, it is important that excess water can drain away. Don’t try growing them in a bog hole…
Pineapples take up a lot of their nutrition through their leaves, and the first few months after planting they rely only on their leaves. You should make sure the plant food actually lands on the leaves.
If you use artificial and concentrated fertilisers you will burn your pineapple, so stay away from them. You can use liquid fertilisers like fish emulsion or seaweed extract. Make a very diluted solution and just use a watering can to put it on the pineapple plant and the surrounding soil.
The best way by far is of course a natural and organic solution. Mix compost in with your soil before you plant the pineapple, and then mulch thickly around it.
You end up with mulch and compost sitting in the bottom leaves, and as it breaks down it feeds the plant.
The colour of the leaves of your pineapple plant will tell you how well you are doing. If they have a reddish, purple tinge then your pineapple is starving and you should help it a bit.
Once a pineapple flowers you have to wait for another six month for the fruit to mature. Growing pineapples for fruit sure is a long term investment…
The fruit is ready to pick when it starts to turn yellow.