Most people are familiar with the pineapple and its juicy fruit, but did you know that you can grow pineapples here in Florida?
Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a type of tropical plant called a bromeliad. They do best in areas that have consistently warm temperatures and are protected from freezing. However, pineapple plants are grown in protected locations and landscapes throughout Florida. While there are several varieties of pineapple, 'Smooth Cayenne' is one of the most common variety grown.
You can start your own pineapple plant by saving the top section of a store-bought pineapple. Remove any excess fruit and peel off a few of the lower leaves, exposing the pre-formed roots. Plant the pineapple top 3 to 4 inches deep in a container with good potting soil.
It’ll take 18 to 32 months for your plant to produce a mature fruit. When it smells ripe and the peel has changed from green to golden brown, it’s ready to eat!