Friday, May 3, 2013

Mother Earth News: Growing Pineapples Outside the Tropics

Here's my latest for Mother Earth News. I posted recently about growing pineapples in North Florida. I took that piece and framed out a deeper look into raising pineapples outside their natural range:

I'm a big fan of zone-pushing, as I've written before. Pineapples are one of the easiest plants to do this with - much easier than key limes or papayas. They're tolerant of abuse, can be grown in small pots - and they taste a lot better when you grow them yourself. Go buy a pineapple. Eat it. Plant the top. Enjoy the awesome.

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At May 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

Hi, I also grow my own pineapples in Zone 10, FL, and completely agree that the taste is just so superior to those in the grocery store!

At May 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Oh yeah! Independent corroboration!

Thanks for stopping by.

At May 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Ten at Eat Your Sands said...

"I use heavily diluted urine, compost, a little dissolved Epsom salts and fish emulsion every once in a while … but they probably don’t even need that."

Ha! proof that you're into pee-ponics! :)

I have three pineapples. This winter I lost nothing to the chill demons, but my pear tree only made 5 flowers so we won't have any pears this year. Pineapple are less cold tolerant than my neoregelia's and the other pineapple bromeliad (species unknown) that i enjoy. I find the thicker leaved, spikier broms can take more abuse than the thin leaved, namby pamby nursery-borne bromeliads. pineapples can take a lot of abuse but cant take the cold at all. good article!

At May 4, 2013 at 12:42 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

You scatologically-minded fiend!

I know what you mean about the pears. I got ZERO blooms on my oldest pear tree this year. But the tropical stuff is doing better than it did last year.

I think that's why it's good to grow a ton of stuff... from tropical to temperate. No matter what the year looks like, something will do okay.


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