Monday, 17 October 2016

Ananas bracteatus var. tricolor Bromeliaceae RED PINEAPPLE Plant Guide

The common edible pineapple, Ananas comosus, is the best known and commercially the most important member of this genus. Its spiny- leafed relative A. bracteatus var. 
Ananas bracteatus plant


tricolor (which used to be known as var. striatus) is much more ornamental, however, and is sought as a pot plant for its dramatic foliage and occasional brown, edible fruits. 
                         Pina roja/Red Pineapple/Ananas bracteatus  Zoom's Edible indoor plant
It forms stiff, pointed rosettes of bronze green leaves with yellow margins. The swordlike leaves can be 2V2in/6.5cm across and can grow to more than 3ft/90cm long, so the plant needs plenty of space.
                           Ananas bracteatus (Red Pineapple) plant
Always wear gloves when handling it, since the spines are sharp.Pina roja/Red Pineapple/Ananas bracteatus | Zoom's Edible Plants image

When the plant is five or six years old, a pink fruiting spike that contrasts attractively with the foliage may be produced. The fruit takes several months to form, usually maturing in spring.
Pina roja/Red Pineapple/Ananas bracteatus  Zoom's Edible indoor plant
FACT FILE

ORIGIN Southern Brazil; Paraguay.

HEIGHT To 3ft/90cm.
Pina roja/Red Pineapple/Ananas bracteatus  Zoom's Edible Plants image
POTTING MIX Commercial bromeliad mix; or equal parts by volume of coarse sand and peat moss plus half a part of leaf mold.
Pina roja/Red Pineapple/Ananas bracteatus | Zoom's Edible Plants

Pina roja/Red Pineapple/Ananas bracteatus | Zoom's Edible Plants


REPOTTING Move into a pot one size larger every second spring.Once the plant has reached the desired size, top-dress it each spring. 
Ananas bracteatus plant photo
PROPAGATION Use the top of the fruiting spike, which bears a small plant, or good-sized offsets from around the base of older plants and set them in a mixture of peat moss and coarse sand or perlite. Warm conditions in filtered sunlight or a propagator are needed to induce them to root.
Ananas bracteatus plant photo
KEEPING PLANTS Mature plants may become top-heavy. Repot them into heavier clay pots as they grow.
Ananas bracteatus

Ananas bracteatus var. tricolor Bromeliaceae PLANT CARE

  • A bright location, with some direct sunlight. 
  • Minimum winter temperature of 64°F/18°C. 
  • Allow the top two-thirds of the soil to dry out before watering.
  • Stand the plant on a tray of moist pebbles or plunge it into moist peat moss to keep humidity high.
  • Apply a weak liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from early spring to late summer.

                     Ananas bracteatus plant image

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