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Ananas comosus

Pineapple is part of the Ananas genus. Its scientific name is Ananas comosus.

The pineapple is an edible herbaceous perennial. Pineapples are composed of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. The best part of the pineapple is at the bottom where the most sugar content is found and the flesh is more tender in texture.1

When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Dark olive green. A type of edible fruit / ornamental, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Pineapple normally grows to a stemless habit. Sugarloaf, Kona sugarloaf, Natal queen, Dinar and Dwarf are some of the most popular varieties of Pineapple for home gardeners to grow.

Pineapple needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

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How to grow Pineapple

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Pineapple likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Pineapple is thought of as half hardy, so it will need cloching or fleece protection when the temperature dips.

Growing Pineapple from seed

Transplanting Pineapple

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Pineapple is a half hardy plant.

Companion plants for Pineapple

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Pineapple so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Pineapple

These plants will not grow well with Pineapple so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Pineapple problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Pineapple plants:

Pineapple Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin comosus meaning “furnished with tufts of leaves or hairs”

Pineapple Folklore & Trivia

Raw pineapple juice can be uses as a meat marinade and tenderizer. In Philippines the leaves of the pineapple are used to make textile fibers that are used as a component of wall paper and furnishings. Pineapple will not ripen any more than it was after harvest.2

Other names for Pineapple


Pineapple care instructions

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