I guess the Pineapples are flowering in my garden (or rather my grow zone) because it’s Spring. OK, officially it is the start of Spring but plants, unlike us people, can’t be bothered with calendar dates. They just do what they feel like. So yesterday and today the 3 pineapple plants in my yard began showing off their blooms. Do you know that each flower produces a fruit?
a pineapple “bouquet”
So the Pineapple we know, see, buy & consume is actually a bunch of fruits aligned and clumped together into a framework, to produce that mega structure which we think is and call a Fruit. I wonder why no one has called it a Pineclump or Clumpapple.
So beautiful yet not often seen.
So attractive yet self pollinating ~ bees excused.
Yes, I’m a sucker for those darn Pineapple suckers! They simply take their own sweet time to reproduce. The experts are right ~ 24 months at least.
My Pineapple saga began in 2014 when I got my hands on a locally grown fruit that was extra juicy and super sweet. I saved the sucker & during the next few days got me a few more so that I could make pineapple jam and try pineapple growing. It’s been a long, patience-testing, trial & error period.
Heck, I’ve even gone so far as to put apples on a few & covered them with garbage bags! Did I feel like an idiot? Yes. Did that work? I don’t know.
Winter is almost over, another cool spell will be with us in a couple of days, hopefully the last one BUT! there is evidence that we will get a couple of (hopefully) super sweet pineapples this summer.
a mini pineapple forming
So, I’m prepared to cover them with blankets and hug these darlings to keep them warm if I need to.
Oh, what joy!
Did you know that Apples produce Ethylene? That is a Fact.
Did you know that Ethylene is a plant hormone that can accelerate the ripening of fruits close to it or enclosed with it? That is a Fact too. Yes, put apples next to green tomatoes IF you want your tomatoes to ripen faster. But if you leave apples on your fruit tray with pears, grapes, bananas, etc. You had better be a fast fruit consumer or end up with ripened fruit galore.
Farmers use Ethylene in greenhouses to speed up plant growth and that is a Fact
But! … I’ve been told that IF I put an apple on a Pineapple plant,
Apple on Pineapple plant
and then cover the whole “contraption” with a large garbage bag for 24 hours,
all bagged up
the Ethylene will help the Pineapple plant to produce fruit in about 90 days (like a hormonal treatment to increase fertility).
Will this work? OK, I feel like an idiot but I’m about to find out. 😳
Thomas Edison once said “If it fails, you have succeeded in finding out it is something that does not work.”
Update: See my Suckers!
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