Ananas comosus 'Champaca'
Color: Bright red
Bloom Time: Indeterminate
Ananas comosus 'Champaca' has green, sword-like, spiny leaves held in a dense rosette, with the fruit held in the center on a sturdy stalk. It typically grows up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. It is a curious plant with an ornamental Pineapple growing from the top, but this Pineapple is not for eating.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Growing Pineapples really is very simple. Because of their tough leaves, they lose little water through evaporation. They have small root systems like other Bromeliads and are not fussy about their soil's quality or quantity. Due to this, they make excellent container grown plants, especially nice for those of us whose climate is less than tropical. If you live in a warmer region, growing Pineapple plants in the garden is a match made in heaven.
To start growing Pineapples, you'll either need the top of a store-bought Pineapple, or if you know someone growing their own, ask for a sucker or slip. If you're using the top of a purchased Pineapple, make sure to remove all the fruit pulp as well as the small bottom leaves. Remove the small leaves from the bottom of the suckers too. Just pull them off.
Then, simply dig a shallow hole in the garden or a pot and plunk the top or sucker into it. Choose a sunny spot, if possible, although Pineapples will grow in dappled shade. Firm the soil around the base, and if the soil is dry, give the plant some water. See more at How to Grow and Care for a Pineapple.
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