Red Pineapple Plant - Ananas bracteatus var. Striatus
Ananas comosus var. bracteatus ‘Striatus’ is one of the more popular of the ornamental pinapples, and native to South America. Very few plants have such strikingly, varigated leaves. What a wonderful garden specimen! The lovely long spikey leaves make a great security border to keep others off the garden!!
They enjoy growing in warm, sunny locations, in free draining organically enriched and mulched soils.
Use balanced organic fertilizer. Established plants are fairly drought resistant but keeping the water up during dry periods will ensure they grow nicely. You can get flowers and fruit at any time of the year but they tend to flower in spring and the fully ripened fruit will be ready to enjoy in late summer.
It is wise to protect them with a light cover once they start to look delicious to the birds, otherwise you won't get a chance! They are tough and apart from the possums and birds you shouldn't have problems with pests. Protect them from frost by covering them with a hesian bag, or to be safe, plant your pineapple as a feature in a large pot and keep it in a protected place.
Plants for sale: approx 20cm tall and 30cm across.