How to Care for Ornamental Pineapple Plant (Ananas spp) Indoors


Ornamental Pineapple Plant, Ananas spp

Botanical name: Ananas spp
Family: Bromeliaceae

Description

Ornamental Pineapple Plant (Ananas spp) are popular plants which produce a colorful flower-head followed by small aromatic fruits if grown under warm and humid conditions.

The leaves are sword-shaped and sharp-pointed, growing in a rosette.

Ornamental Pineapples are generally grown for their foliage and beautiful flower-heads.

The ordinary pineapple Ananas comosus is a member of the Ananas group but it is too large and dull to be grown indoors. The smaller and more colorful Ananas comosus variegatus is more preferred.

Size

The Ornamental Pineapple Plant can grow to a height of about 2 ft and about 4 ft wide.

Flower

Ornamental Pineapples will mature at the age of 1-2 years and it is at maturity when they flower.

The Ornamental Pineapple display of the flower head is due to the presence of long-lasting showy bracts; true flowers are small and short-lived. Though the Ornamental Pineapple produces a fruit, the fruit may not be edible.

Once the flower-head fades, the rosette of leaves begins to die and is replaced by offsets (pups) at the base which grow into new plants.

Origin

Ornamental Pineapples (Ananas) are native to the tropical regions of Central and South America

Varieties

The most popular Ornamental Pineapple variety is Ananas bracteatus striatus commonly called Red Pineapple with brightly-striped 1-2 ft arching leaves in green, cream and pink.

Where to Buy

If you are looking to add this delightful plant to your collection, beautiful Ornamental Pineapples are readily available online at Etsy. Buy Ornamental Pineapple Plants (Ananas spp) from Etsy.

Ornamental Pineapple Plant, Ananas spp

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Ornamental Pineapple Plant Care Indoors

Ornamental Pineapple Plant thrives in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile well-drained soils coupled with regular feeding. Keep reading for more on these growing conditions and how to achieve them.

Light Requirements

Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas spp) grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light.

Turn the pot regularly to ensure the plant receives light on all sides for even growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Watering

Like with other rosette Bromeliads, Ananas Bromeliad requires the central 'vase' to be filled with water at all times. Empty and refill the 'vase' regularly to prevent growth of bacteria which may cause the water to become smelly.

Use only chlorine-free water as it is sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals that may be dissolved in water.

Water the soil only when it dries to keep the roots moist; avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the bromeliad.

Ensure there is good air circulation for Ornamental Pineapple to prevent pests and disease infestation.


Temperature

The best temperature for growing Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas) indoors is an average warmth between 18-270C.

Humidity

Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas) requires a humid enviroment inorder to thrive. If the humidity is too low, the plant will respond with brown leaf tips.

To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas spp) with a liquid fertilizer (foliar feed) every 2 weeks during the growing season.

Do not feed during the cold season as growth is minimal and it can lead to fertilizer burn and eventual death of the plant.

Repotting

Repot Ornamental Pineapple during the growing season only when it has outgrown its container. Use a container 1 size larger as they grow slowly.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to rotting.

Pot the Ornamental Pineapple in a shallow, heavy pot to prevent it from toppling over as it can become top-heavy.

Also provide support to help keep it upright. Read more on how to train houseplants.

Soil

The best soil for Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas spp) should be rich in organic matter, loose, free-draining bark soil to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most orchid potting mixes are ideal for these plants. Buy quality Orchid Potting Mix for Ornamental Pineapple from Etsy.

Pruning

Pruning Ornamental Pineapple involves removal of dead leaves to keep the plant neat and tidy and to allow adequate room for the new plants to grow.

Remove the dead foliage by cutting at the base with a clean, sharp knife or a pair of scissors.

Propagation

Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas spp) are propagated from offsets (pups) appearing at the base of the plant.

How to propagate Ornamental Pineapple Plant from offsets (pups)

When the Ornamental Pineapple offset (pup) is several months old or 1/3 to 1/2 the height of mother plant, seperate it from the mother plant.

Ensure the offset (pup) has some roots attached to it. Plant the offset (pup) shallowly in loose, free-draining bark soil.

Pot it in a shallow, heavy pot to prevent it from toppling over as it can become top-heavy.

Place the set up in a warm, brightly-lit place until the new plant is well established after which you can begin routine care.

Ensure the Ornamental Pineapple plant is well supported to prevent it from toppling over as it can become top-heavy.

Ornamental Pineapple Plant, Ananas spp

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Ornamental Pineapple Plant Problems Indoors

Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas spp) problems indoors are mainly due to cultural faults in lighting, humidity and watering. Continue reading for the remedies and solutions.

Brown leaf tips

Ornamental Pineapple Plant brown leaf tips are due to growing it where the air is too dry (too low humidity). The plant grows best in a humid environment.

To raise humidity, set it on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Pale, brown leaf patches

Ornamental Pineapple Plant pale, brown leaf patches are due to exposure of the plant to direct sunlight.

Ornamental Pineapple does not like to be exposed to direct sunlight. Protect it from direct sunlight or move it to a shadier spot away from direct sunlight.

Dark, soft and drooping leaves

Ornamental Pineapple Plant dark, soft and drooping leaves is caused by inadequate light (too low light). The plant grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight.

Move the Ornamental Pineapple to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light if the natural lighting is not adequate.

Pests

Ornamental Pineapple Plant pests; scales and mealy bugs. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Plant dying

Ornamental Pineapple Plant dying is caused by two reasons. One reason is, if it has not flowered, then root-rot brought about by soggy soil is the cause of its death. Read more on root-rot disease and how to deal with it.

The second reason is, if Ornamental Pineapple has flowered, then rotting and death of rosette which bore flower-stalk is natural to give room for the new plants.

Remove the dead foliage by cutting at the base with a clean knife or a pair of scissors.

Is Ornamental Pineapple Plant toxic?

Ornamental Pineapple Plant (Ananas spp) is non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.

However, the leaves bear short spines which may cause physical injury if handled with bare hands. Always wear gloves when handling Ornamental Pineapple to prevent injury.

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