Add a touch of much-needed tropical warmth to your home with one of our Pineapple Plants.
I'm a funky favourite of silver tinted foliage and a central miniature pineapple. My fruit are smaller, bitterer cousins of the ones you can buy at the supermarket - you probably don't want to eat me!
Also known as Dwarf or Miniature Pineapple plants, they have smaller and bitterer fruit than the pineapples we’re used to seeing in the supermarket. You can eat them, but we wouldn't necessarily recommend it!
As a bromeliad, the Ananas comosus produces a single ornamental fruit at the centre of a crown of delicately coloured foliage. When the pineapple drops off, it's unlikely to produce a new one, but you should get pups in the soil which you can re-pot and grow into whole new plants.
There are two options to choose from:
Pygmy Pineapple ‘Amigo’
With vibrant green spiky leaves. The fruit grows in the centre of the plant above its foliage.
Growing pot size: 12 cm
Overall plant height including growing pot: 35-40 cm
With silver tinted leaves that are held in a dense rosette. The fruit grows in the middle of the foliage.
Growing pot size: 14 cm
Overall plant height including growing pot: 40-50 cm
Key Benefits — Purifying and Sleep
Studies have shown that the Pineapple is one of the most purifying plants by night. It can improve sleeping conditions and even reduce snoring!
How to care for a Pineapple Plant?
- The Pineapple plant likes bright light and can survive in direct sunlight, but too much of it will burn its leaves.
- It will thrive outdoors in the warmer months, in the winter. Keep your plant in a well-heated room preferably above 15ºC.
- During the growing season let the top 2 cm of soil dry between watering. It will need less water in the solder seasons and survive with dryer soil.
- The Ananas comosus will enjoy a mix of orchid compost and peat-free multi compost soil.
- If you notice dry leaves, they can be cut back.
- Dust can be removed with a small brush with soft bristles.
- Feed it during the growing season with a weak liquid fertiliser every fortnight and once a month in the colder months.
- Once the pineapple has matured, the plant will die but it will produce baby plants that can be re poted and propagated.
The Pineapple plant
Over the last year or so, the desire for these statement plants has swept across Europe and Australia, but availability goes up and down, so don't hesitate when you see one!
The Pigmy Pineapple is grown more as an ornamental plant, the fruit it produces is edible but very bitter!
Where is it from?
Pineapple plants grow wild in South America, with Puerto Rico being a prime exporter.
Who is the Pineapple plant?
A member of the bromeliad family, in its natural tropical habitat, it grows on the ground and is pollinated by hummingbirds.
Is The Pineapple Plant The Right One For Me?
Pineapples are very tough plants. They are drought tolerant and don’t need much water to survive. If you are a forgetful plant parent, you can add a thick layer of compost to the soil to cut down evaporation.
It survives in tropical, warm climates as well as rainy and cooler areas with the correct care.
Is it toxic? It can be a little toxic to pets and children if ingested, causing throat irritation and stomach upset.
How tall do they grow?
They grow to about 5 feet in height with a 3 to 4-foot spread.
Useful to know:
I am from South America, particularly Northern Brazil.
In your home, I probably won't grow too much higher than 40cm, but I will beget more pups quickly which you can repot and cultivate.
I prefer well lit areas away from direct sunlight.
Wait until my soil is properly dry before watering me.
I like proper tropical warmth and never below 15°C.
Keep feeding to a minimum as excess nutrients will cause leafy growth at the expense of my pineapples.
Once my fruit fades, snip me off. I should then produce offsets which will take over and become new pineapple plants!
Brown leaf tips are a tell-tale sign that the surrounding air is too dry. Snip these ends off and place me on top of a pebble tray to increase humidity.
I'm mildly toxic if ingested, so your call about whether to keep me near pets or children.
My foliage is used to wrap cigars in the Philippines.
*Decorative pot sold separately.
A quirky plant that will help improve your sleep quality and give your home a tropical touch! Get your Pineapple plant now!