So after months of waiting , one plant at the edge of the row decided to bear fruit. A sweet colour indeed, pinkish red!
The first baby fruit of pineapple
|Pineapple: mutiara variety, the first baby fruit|
|Pineapple: just a tiny baby fruit|
|pineapples: Mutiara Variety, leaves meeting leaves|
|pineapples: madu variety|
|pineapples: the row of madu variety|
The leaves are quite spiky. Faizal, Kakdah's brother mentioned about pineapples producing thorns as a sign of stress. Poor soils, prolong drought and congestion are stress factors. I am not too sure which factor really encourage thorns along the leaves with our pineapples. Thorns pose no real problem, except it would be difficult to do weeding around the plants. I remembered the mutiara variety as seedlings, they were almost clean without thorns.
In fact I dont expect the fruit to appear so soon, since the plants are not a year yet. I remembered sometime last month I did spray flower inducement fertiliser, the leftover for Kakdah's orchids. That probably trigger the flowering or fruiting. The foliar spray has boron micronutrient, necessary for flowering and fruiting .....
It will take about six months for the tiny baby fruit to develop and mature ready for harvest. Therefore it would be interesting to see how the tiny baby develops through October, November, December, January, February, and March next year. I wonder which one will bear the next baby fruit, among the twenty plants.
ealier post on pineapples :
growing pineapples not a thorny issue. 25.3.2012
bangchik and kakdah
pasir gudang johor