Pineapple / Ananas
Belongs to the bromeliad family. Fatherland - South America.
General description: Under room conditions, pineapple does not alienate edible fruits. It is grown as an ornamental leaf plant. Spiky leaves, like most bromeliads, are gathered into a beautiful rosette. Mature specimens form pink inflorescences.
Ananas comosus (Pineapple Large-Hole Pheasant) due to its impressive size is a little suitable for indoor breeding. A more preferred species is Ananas comosus variegatus (Pineapple is large-crested motley). It is smaller, on its leaves there are white stripes along the edges. Only Pineapple bracts stripe (Ananas bracteatus striatus (tricolor)) these bands are cream and pink and it looks very impressive.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Pineapple:
Illumination : Light-requiring, especially variegated forms, requires direct sunlight.
Irrigation mode: In the warm season, the rosette of leaves should be continuously filled with water at 2/3. Water changes 1 time in 2 moons. The soil is watered to the measure of drying. Water for irrigation should be soft, better than rain, necessarily warm. In winter, watering is moderate (1 time per week in the soil).
Humidity of the atmosphere: Needs regular spraying, especially in winter, if the temperature is high.
Temperature: Moderate in the warm season, cool in winter. Does not like not to move on the cold floor or windowsill.
Soil: Recommended soil mixture: 3 elements of sod land, 1 share of humus and 1 share of sand. Suitable soil mix for orchids.
In the period of growth needs fertilizing 1 time every two weeks with fertilizer for bromeliads. Fertilizers are diluted in water poured into the outlet.
Breeding: Roots daughter outlets that form at the base of the parent outlet. You can produce seeds. More exotic means - rooting the top elements of the fruit. They choose fruits with well-preserved leaves, cut off the top, clean the flesh, and, having dried, put in a moist light soil.
Transplant: If pineapple does not bloom at all, annually. Later flowering transplanted daughter sockets.
Pineapple root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep.
Pests: Affected by spider mites (in dry air), mealybugs, scutes (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems), aphids.
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Pineapple - Ananas