Pineapple / Ananas
Refers to the family of bromeliads. Fatherland is South America.
General description: In the room, pineapple does not in any way alienate the edible fruit. It is grown as if a decorative plant. Sharpened leaves, as if most of the bromeliads, are collected in a beautiful rosette. Mature specimens form pink inflorescences.
Ananas comosus (Pineapple large-cap) because of its impressive size is a little suitable for indoor breeding. A more preferable species is Ananas comosus variegatus (Pineapple large-speckled). It is smaller, its leaves have snow-white bands along the edges. Only in the pineapple bracteal striped (Ananas bracteatus striatus (tricolor)), these bands are cream and pink and it looks very impressive.
Recommendations for caring for the plant Pineapple:
Illumination : Photophilous, especially variegated forms, requires direct sunlight.
Irrigation mode: In the warm season, the rosette of leaves should be non-stop filled with water for 2/3. Water changes 1 time in 2 moons. The soil is watered by the measure of drying. Water for irrigation should be soft, better rain, necessarily warm. In winter, moderate watering (once a week in the soil).
Humidity of the atmosphere: It needs regular spraying, especially in winter, if the temperature is high.
Temperature regime: Moderate in the warm season, in the winter cool. He does not like not to move on a cold floor or a window sill.
Soil: Recommended soil mixture: 3 elements of turf ground, 1 share of humus and 1 share of sand. A soil mishmash for orchids is suitable.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizers for bromeliads. Fertilizers are bred in water poured into the outlet.
Breeding: Root the daughter outlets, which are formed at the base of the mother socket. You can produce seeds. More exotic means - rooting the top elements of the fruit. Choose fruits with well-preserved leaves, cut off the tip, clean out the flesh, and, after drying, put in a moist, light soil.
Transplant: If the pineapple does not bloom, annually. Later flowering transplanted daughter sockets.
The root system of pineapple is superficial, so the pot must be wide, but not deep.
Pests: Affected by a spider mite (with dry air), mealybug, scabs (leaves and stems appear brown plaques), aphids.
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm rinsing and spraying with an actellite (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Pineapple - Ananas