Today Marilou and I Ken Elliott, are going to talk about my favorite fruit, and it is the " Pineapple", I just love pineapple it is so good. But about 7 years ago I had the best pineapple that I had ever had in my life. I went to the Philippines to marry my wife Marilou. Marilou is a Filipino and while I was there I ate a lot of different kinds of fruits. I love eating the mangoes, and lots of the other fruits they had growing there, it was so very cool seeing the farms and how they grow their fruits and their food. I just love the Philippines so much.
But the biggest surprise I ever got was when we stop by a pineapple farmer field, and the farmer had big piles of pineapple for sale by the road, and we bought 2 of them. My wife and I kept one and gave the family one, Marilou and I took our pineapple back to our hotel room, and cut it and started to eat it. I was so very surprised it was the most delicious thing, I ever ate in my life, and I'm not kidding is was the best tasting thing I ever ate. I can't wait to go back to the Philippines, their pineapples are so delicious and all the people there are most kind and loving people you will ever meet.
So if you ever get the chance to go to the Philippines, do not pass it up. They are lots of things there you can do and so many beautiful places to see. The people are so very kind and loving and they have so many different kind of fruits, and they are so good. They have about 5 different kinds of bananas, like I said they grow lots of mangoes and coconuts, strawberries just to name a few, but if you do get to go make sure you get a pineapple.
If you want to try to grow your own pineapple, we will tell you how. We found the information on the Internet. So good luck and enjoy your Pineapple.
( How To Grow Pineapple )
Things You'll Need :
* Fresh, ripe pineapple with a healthy crown
* Cutting board
* Small glass
* 8-inch pot with sufficient drainage
* Gardening soil
* Fertilizer for house plants
Prepare The Crown:
1. Examine the crown of the pineapple. It's pointy leaves should be healthy and green.
2. Lay the pineapple sideways on a cutting board. Cut off the crown of the pineapple, and carefully trim away any excess flesh. You should cut close enough to the crown to see the small dots that indicate root buds. These will become the roots of the pineapple plant you grow.
3. Remove any leaves around the base of the crown. These can rot when you plant the crown, and you want a bare stem around the base of the crown.
4. Turn the cut crown upside-down and let it dry for one week. The cut end of the crown should be hard by the end of this time.
Develop The Root System of The Crown:
1. Put the dried crown in a container of water, and set the container in a place where there are few temperature fluctuations.
2. Change the water in the container every few days.
3. Check the crown for slight root growth after three weeks.
Plant The Crown:
1. Fill the bottom of a pot with small stones.
2. Add potting soil to the halfway point.
3. Remove the crown from the water, and set it on the soil in the pot.
4. Add more soil to fill the pot, tapping it down firmly around the crown.
5. Fertilize and water the soil just after planting.
|Ken & Marilou in the Philippines January 2005|
7. Look for new leaves within about six to eight weeks.
8. Water the pineapple plant every week.
( Tips & Warnings: )
** Some pineapple growers believe that the crown develops better roots if you use a container made of dark glass.
** Fertilize the pineapple plant every two or three months after planting.
** A pineapple plant might not produce a pineapple for two or three years.
** Remember that pineapple plants are tropical. Keep your pineapple plant inside if you live in a cold climate. During warm summer months, you can leave your pineapple plant outside.
** A pineapple plant will need to be about six feet tall and six feet across in order to produce a large pineapple.
** Do not use a pineapple crown with grayish spots at its base. These might indicate an insect infestation in the pineapple and will keep you from growing a pineapple plant.
** Gently pull the leaves on the crown of the pineapple plant. If they come out too easily, the pineapple crown is too overripe for planting.
Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.