Red Pineapple Plant - Ananas bracteatus var. Tricolour
Ananas comosus var. bracteatus ‘Tricolour’ is the most popular of the ornamental pinapples, and native to South America. Very few plants have such strikingly, shocking-pink margined leaves. The colour intensity depends on the position of the plant. If you want strong colour they need plenty of sun or very bright shade! If you perfer more of a pastel shade, keep your pineapple in a shady spot. Personally, I like the pink striped top. 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 resitant 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 pinapple as a feature in a large pot and keep it in a protected place.
Plants available: Young plants approximately 25cm across. Gradually adjust to full sun if growing outside. (Note leaf stripes do vary slightly from plant to plant but all look amazing :)