Elite Gold Pineapple for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide
Imagine growing delectable tropical fruit in your yard. With the Elite Gold pineapple plant, that dream is much closer to reality than you might expect. These plants, known as Ananas comosus 'Elite,' develop large pineapple fruits that rival any you can find in your local produce section. The plants are also adaptable to both in-ground and container growing settings. Best of all, the Elite Gold pineapple is a beautiful plant with leaves that are large, sharp, and waxy.
- Produces juicy pineapple fruits that are as tasty as any you can find at the store.
- Grows in the soil and can survive in containers as well.
- Holds ornamental value as well with its sharp and waxy leaves.
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Requires a growing setting that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day.
Water needs are generally high. Provide water about once per week.
Fertilize multiple times during the growing season with a blend with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Planting and Care
Since the pineapple is a tropical plant, it requires a relatively warm setting. The location in which you grow this plant should maintain an air temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In zones 9 through 11, you should have no problem growing this plant outdoors in a typical planting hole.
Those who live in colder regions can grow this plant as well but must bring it indoors when the temperature drops. Fortunately, this pineapple can adapt well to containers as long as they are large enough. A container with a diameter above 10″ will work best.
Watering and nutrients
Elite Gold pineapple plants have high water needs. These plants enjoy soil moisture so much that you should consider watering yours about once per week. Consistent moisture is most important during the growing season, and in winter, you can reduce watering to about once every two weeks.
This plant also enjoys getting plenty of fertilizer. You should give your pineapple fertilizer about once every two months during the first year. Be sure to use a slow-release fertilizer with equal amounts of the three primary macronutrients.
For most fruiting plants, pollination is crucial to flower and fruit development. However, this is not the case for Elite Gold pineapples. Surprisingly, an Elite Gold pineapple plant will develop healthy fruit without pollination.
In fact, pollination may be something you wish to avoid with this plant. When an Elite Gold pineapple is pollinated, its fruits will grow with many seeds inside. Unfortunately, these seeds detract from the experience of eating the fruit. Pineapples that form without pollination lack seeds and are more enjoyable.
Elite Gold pineapples don’t necessarily need a lot of pruning to maintain their health. Instead, pruning is typically performed on these plants to maintain their appearance and control their spread.
The ideal time to prune one of these plants is a few months after the harvest. You can remove parts of the plant that show signs of damage or disease during that time. You can also eliminate any suckers that the plant has produced.
Pest, diseases, and animals
Most of the problems that a pineapple plant will face are bacterial or fungal infections. Issues such as black rot, white leaf spot, bacterial heart rot, fruit collapse, and butt rot can all arise in one of these plants.
Some of these problems come up when the air and soil have remained too wet for too long. While the pineapple loves moist soils, too much water can also be an issue. The best way to remedy these problems is to remove the diseased parts of the plant as soon as you recognize them.
The harvest time for your pineapple plant can vary depending on where you are growing your plant and when you started it. However, there are some visual cues that indicate your pineapple fruit is ready for picking.
When an Elite Gold pineapple plant is ready for harvest, its fruits will take on a fairly consistent golden color on the outside. Typically, Elite Gold pineapple plants take about five months to produce a viable harvest.
Achieving maximum results
Since commercial pineapple plants won’t produce seeds most of the time, you may be wondering how to create new plants. If you’d like to propagate more pineapple plants from the one you own, you’ll need to begin by harvesting a mature fruit.
Once you have a fruit, remove the top portion that holds the leaves. Place the bottom of that piece into water and wait for roots to develop. When you see healthy roots spreading in the water, you can plant your new pineapple plant in the soil.
How many pineapples does a pineapple plant produce?
Most pineapple plants develop pineapples one at a time. During their lifetime, a single plant is likely to produce around three healthy, harvestable pineapples. Each of these pineapples will take several months to develop into fruit worth harvesting. Pineapple fruit production occurs just after their flowers fall. Once that occurs, you can begin anticipating the harvest of your pineapple plant.
Should you use root hormone when propagating an Elite Gold pineapple?
If you choose to propagate an Elite Gold pineapple, using root hormone is an excellent choice. Root hormone will encourage your pineapple cutting to develop vigorous roots that will have no problem adapting to the soil later on. To apply root hormone, add a small amount to a container filled with water. Then cut the top off of a healthy pineapple fruit and place it into the liquid mixture.
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