Pineapple plants

  • Pineapple plants

    Posted by bblessed on September 17, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    I have a pineapple plant that has grown too large for its pot. I have a new pot to transplant in but it is 2+ft deep. do the pineapple roots need alot of space? what can I fill some of the container with to keep it lighter(to move inside during winter) and save money on soil? I was gifted this beautiful red tinged pineapple and it is extremely healthy (has another small one started)-It has enjoyed this north Florida summer. Thanks for any insight.

    DeepSouthBamaGRITS replied 9 months ago 8 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Daddio7

    September 17, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    Pineapples are shallow rooted, I would make a soil mix of mostly perlite and vemiculite and fill the pot halfway with that and then top off with your regular mix.

    • bblessed

      September 18, 2023 at 6:54 pm

      I wondered if they stayed shallow rooted. This one has been transplanted once allready but I have only had it for 3 months, so I wasnt sure what to expect for roots. Thank you

  • Betty67ptL

    September 17, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    I put leaves, spent hay, small sticks from yard work in the bottom, maybe a third. As it rots down, it gives me room to add new fresh soil each season. My central Florida pineapples were close to the house, and I only covered them with a sheet for frosty nights.

    • bblessed

      September 18, 2023 at 6:53 pm

      You must have to transplant the pineapple each year when you add more soil, Im guessing. I wondered how the plants would do being covered for a mild frost. I may do that and if we are getting a more severe frost, bring it in. Thank you for suggesting this, easier than relocating plant.

    • kajunlady2

      September 19, 2023 at 4:49 pm

      Great idea!

  • Ozark-kat

    September 17, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    I use empty water bottles to fill in large pots. Keep the caps on so they don’t crush and it keeps the water and soil from getting inside. Be sure to shake it to get the soil to settle between the bottles and eliminate most of the air spaces.

    • bblessed

      September 18, 2023 at 6:48 pm

      Interesting idea! I may have to try it, Thank you

  • Tentance-KnottyPots

    September 18, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    You know a plant is shallow rooted when it is a member of the bromeliad family!

    Fill the pot in with mulch and dead leaves. Then add a few inches of your good soil to the top. Water it thoroughly in, then plant the pineapple ad water again. Remember that all bromeliads sip water out of their cups on their leaves, not necessarily much from their roots, and hate having wet feet. Brom roots are mostly for stabilizing the plant upward so it can catch and hold rainwater an condensation.

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    • Hanidu-Acres

      September 18, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      Didn’t know that.

    • bblessed

      September 18, 2023 at 6:47 pm

      Thank-you. I learned something new from you. Went to see Eat the Sand website too!

  • DeepSouthBamaGRITS

    September 19, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    My 1st pineapple plant got severely root-bound when I forgot to up-pot it timely. I literally had to cut the smaller pot off the roots and they were so tightly wound all around each other and so THICK I couldn’t separate without cutting them. Even tho rootbound, it did produce a pineapple before I repotted it in a much larger pot. It was also HUGE & every bit of approx 4 ft tall & wide! Believe me, I won’t EVER forget to up-pot another pineapple plant as they are extremely difficult to maneuver around at that size. All mine stays in my greenhouse year-round as they LOVE all that extra heat, even in the summer. I do use an oil radiator electric heater in the winter as some of my tropicals can’t survive under 40{F}. It doesn’t use as much electricity to run this type of heater nor am I afraid to leave it running at night unattended.

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