Native to South America, the “pink pineapple plant” Ananas Comosus [A-nan-as] [kom-OH-sus] produces a fruit found in supermarkets across the world with the common name “pineapple.”
Ananas is part of the Bromeliad family with over 3,400 species.
These plants are mostly monocots, which are flowering plants with seeds that only contain one embryonic leaf, such as asparagus, leeks, and onions (allium).
While grown primarily in Hawaii, Costa Rica and Brazil, you can grow your own pineapple plant indoors.
In fact, pineapples are relatively easy plants to care for and may even thrive outdoors in certain climates.
Pink Pineapple Plant Care
Pineapple plants come in several types and sizes.
- “Ananas comosus” – The standard green variety grown for the tasty pineapple fruit found in stores.
- “Ananas comosus variegatus” – a large plant but in a variegated form
- Dwarf or miniature Pineapple plant which is green
- Pink pineapples – grown as an “ornamental pineapple” but dwarf or miniature in size.
All varieties, however, require the same type of care.
Here’s more on how to care for a pineapple plant.
How Big Do Pineapple Plants Get?
Ananas Comosus is a slow-growing plant. The roots don’t grow very far, allowing you to start with a small, six-inch pot for single plants.
However, they do eventually require a larger pot as they mature. With minimal care, these plants may reach up to three feet tall and six feet wide after several years.
Even without the fruit, an ornamental pineapple plant makes an attractive decorative houseplant, thanks to the long, thin leaves with complementary colors.
NOTE: You’ll rarely find the red variety of Ananas which produces the pineapple purchased in stores. Most varieties sold as houseplants produce a smaller fruit at the top of the flower stalk.
Do Pineapple Plants Have Flowers?
It has a funnel of leaves producing a single pineapple flower at the top of a long stalk. It may take several years for the flowers and fruit to form.
After the fruit is produced and the flower dies, the Ananas comosus plant begins to die off.
However, like other bromeliad plants, this plant produces numerous offsets. These offsets or bromeliad pups can be used to easily propagate for another season.
The flower doesn’t produce a fragrance, but the fruit produces a great taste.
NOTE: I have tasted the “mini Bromeliad pineapple plant” of the dwarf pink Ananas pineapple. However, the green varieties have a sweeter taste in my opinion.
Can Pineapple Plants Go Outside – Light and Temperature?
These plants are native to tropical conditions and thrive in humid areas. They also need plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Pineapple bromeliad plants grow in Hawaii in full sun.
During the winter, keep standard plants in an area that doesn’t drop below 60° degrees Fahrenheit.
How Often Should You Water and Fertilizer Pineapple Plants?
The pineapple needs to stay hydrated throughout the summer. Check plants daily and do not allow the soil to dry out.
When the flower arrives, don’t pour water directly on the flower or into the funnel of leaves.
You can also apply water-soluble liquid fertilizer during the warmer months. However, during the winter, reduce feeding and watering of decorative pineapple plants.
Can Pink Pineapple Plants Be Transplanted?
The root system of pink pineapple fruit is small. They depend on their leaves for much of their nutrition.
Transplanting pineapples is only needed when the plant is still maturing. When you first purchase a plant, the pineapple may grow in a small pot.
However, it will eventually need a larger pot to support the top-heavy flower stalk and fruit.
After moving the plant to its permanent home, it should not need transplanting, as Ananas bromeliads die after fruiting.
Grooming and Maintenance Of Pineapples
Grooming isn’t needed to care for the Ananas Comosus.
Simply clean up any damaged or dead leaves falling to the base of the plant and keep the top-heavy fruit supported.
How to Propagate Pink Ananas Plants
After pineapple fruit forms, the plant begins to die. This answers the often asked question of “why is my pineapple plant turning yellow”?
As it dies, it produces several pups or offsets near the base.
To propagate the plant using these offsets. Wait until the offsets are about four to six inches tall and carefully place them in their own pots.
The new plants should be kept moist by frequent misting with a spray bottle.
NOTE: Start with a small, four-inch pot and transplant to larger containers as the roots develop and the plant grows.
Pink Pineapple Pests or Disease Problems?
The edible fruit can attract all types of pests. Pay attention to any signs of white grubs, fruit flies, beetles, mealybugs, and mites.
Insecticides should help treat most types of infestations. However, if they’ve already gotten to the fruit, you may want to consider it a loss and try to propagate the offsets.
Besides pests, the leaves may show signs of disease. If the leaves are pale, it may not get enough sunlight. Try moving the plant to a brighter spot.
If the edges of the leaves start to curl, the air is too dry. Plants may need be moved to a location with higher humidity.
NOTE: You can attempt to revive a dry plant by submerging it in a bucket filled with room temperature water. Soak the plant for 15 minutes and then drain thoroughly. After draining, continue to mist it daily.
Another issue is root rot. If the roots start to rot, the plant and roots have gotten too wet. You can try to cut out the wet areas and then allow the soil and plant to dry out for several days before watering again.
Pink Pineapple Plant Suggested Uses
Unless you live in a warm, humid region, growing the “pink pineapple plant – Ananas Comosus” indoors as a decorative houseplant is recommended.
It should also be kept away from other plants, as the sharp edges of the leaves may damage other plants.