Pineapple Update: Day….Heck, I forget.

Our first pineapple, along with the sprouts she spawned.


Honestly, I’ve lost track of what week this is in our “sprout to fruit” home-grown pineapple saga. All I know is that it has been a while since I’ve posted an update, and we’ve had significant changes this week. That’s right. Our baby pineapple is about to fully mature. She’s just starting to take on a yellow hue that indicates she’ll be ripening in the next few weeks. We’re so excited!

We called the kids and we’re tentatively planning a get together in mid-September to harvest our first pineapple – just in time for Lilly Bug’s second birthday. If you remember, Jonah called “dibs” on the first pineapple. He has his heart set on a pineapple upside-down cake, and he hasn’t let me forget it. That boy has the memory of an elephant.

So stay tuned, kids. In a few weeks, we may be harvesting and dissecting and baking with the grandbabies. When we do, I promise to snap photos so you can see us celebrating the life and sacrifice of our first ever pineapple. It took us six and a half years to get here, but I have a feeling it’s going to be worth the wait.

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22 responses to “Pineapple Update: Day….Heck, I forget.

  1. This is seriously so exciting! I’m living vicariously through you and I can’t wait to hear how your little baby tastes. Wow, that sounded super cannibalistic. nom nom nom
    Those offshoots look like they are doing well too! I’m still struggling to keep my single basil plant from jumping ship…*sigh*

    • I know…me, too. I hope it’s nice and sweet and tastes like a pineapple should. We’re hoping Spike and the other 3 baby pineapple plants don’t take 6 years to fruit like the first one did. Another exciting element – the original plant (the one bearing the pineapple) has put off two more shoots that are still attached to the main stalk. SO… if all goes well and we’re able to transplant those two shoots, we will have SEVEN pineapple plants. One from the original pineapple top we planted 6 years ago, one from the store-bought pineapple I got this year for Mother’s Day, and five additional baby plants that spawned from our first plant. I can’t wait to see what happens.

  2. bamaboy

    It is day 126… Just had to find the last post where you did know the day count (which was day 40, June 1st) and add the days since then.

  3. This is probably the weirdest comment I’ve ever posted but I was just thinking about your pineapple the other day. I think I was vacuuming and it just popped into my head. Thanks for the update! My curiosity is now sated. ;)

    • Ha! That’s hysterical, Kandi. Yes, it does sound odd to hear someone say “I was just thinking about your pineapple the other day.” But it’s nice that you were thinking of her. After 6 1/2 years, it looks like our pineapple has finally come full circle. It will be a little sad to eat her, but also exciting to share the experience with the kids. It should be fun.

  4. I’m excited for you. However, the pineapple is all yours. Boy do I not like pineapple.

    • I’d pretend to be shocked and dismayed, but I can’t do that to you. I have a small but specific list of foods I don’t like, too. Green bell peppers, anchovies, Nutella (don’t hate me), herring, etc. Can’t (and won’t) point fingers. How do you feel about bananas? We have banana palms in the back yard, too.

      • We love bananas. It’s heading for fall and baking season and our freezer will be restocked with banana chocolate chip walnut bread again. And I love banana cake with banana frosting. My don’t like list is a bit longer than yours. Don’t like peppers or tomatoes raw on their own, but as a part of something, like sauce or soup or stew, I’m fine. Anchovies, sardines, and strong fish are on the don’t like list, too. And mushrooms, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, ham (I like the rest of the pig, just not ham) and coconut. I love Nutella, though.

        Everyone has their likes and dislikes and I never expect people to cook around mine since they are dislikes and not allergies. I’ll find something on the table to eat. If nothing else, salad and dessert will fill me up! Which reminds me, the butter should be soft enough now to turn into double chocolate cookies.

      • You had me at double chocolate cookies.

  5. Kat

    There are three more sprouts now? This is turning into An Operation Of Sorts.

    I think that Pineapple Upside-Down Cake would be a creation worthy of the first pineapple. It’s an innately festive food and sort of delightfully retro. I cannot wait to see how this all plays out!

    • Yes! Our first pineapple plant put off 3 suckers (new plants) earlier this summer. We cut them off and replanted them, as directed by my ‘go to’ Hawaiian Ag website. Those three suckers are doing very well as individual plants now. In addition to those 3, there are now 2 more suckers that have sprouted from the main plant. Those 2 are still attached, and I think we’ll leave them there until we cut the fruit off. Then we’ll decide which shoot to cut off and replant and which to leave on the main stalk as a ratoon. A ratoon is a second plant that sprouts from a fruiting pineapple plant, and that new ratoon can produce another pineapple fruit within one year (usually). So basically, our initial pineapple plant, which started from planting the top of a pineapple we bought at the grocery store, has now produced 5 additional pineapple plant. That’s right – one pineapple top = 6 plants. Add Spike to that count, and we’re now up to 7 pineapple plants. If each of those plants puts of 5 suckers like the first one did, we could potentially have up to 35 pineapple plants by this time next summer. If that happens, I’m going to have to start finding foster homes.

  6. OK…I MUST comment on this one! First of all, I need to get that Hawaiian Ag website from you (If you posted it already, I missed it…)
    I guess I am officially now living on Hawaiian “Ag” land at my own home–we need all the help we can get! :)_
    Also, I had to laugh– I just made MY first ever pineapple upside down cake! I even photographed every step w/ great plans to blog about it…Until the “Upside down” part came. I flipped it over and had a total disaster!! :( Boo. IT still tasted great, but I’d never show pictures!! OR maybe I should…haha.
    Anyways, way to be! Love the pineapple!
    With Aloha!

    • http://tpss.hawaii.edu/pineapple/pinegrow.htm
      It’s not a fancy webpage, but it is very informative. I’ve consulted this pineapple page many times. I’m sure if you back track, they’ll have instructions for other fruits and plants, as well. You’ll have to share your tropical bounty in your blog. One of my favorite things about the house we rented at Hanalei Bay was all the tropical plants and fruits growing in the yard. I’d love to see what you’ve got growing at your place. AND it would work well as a homeschool lesson, so it’s totally justified, right? I’ll post photos of the pineapple upside-down cake when we make it. Here’s a tip for future attempts – line the bottom of your pan with a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper when you prep your pan. Once the cake cools and you flip it out of the pan, you just peel the paper off and your top is intact. Easy, effective, delicious!

  7. Jeanne….I have never known anyone who grew their own pineapple. I am more than impressed! Where did you find this plant? Oh I wish I could grow one. But honestly…I struggle to maintain the weeds in my backyard! I can’t wait to see the treat that comes out of this. I think I’m with Jonah on the pineapple upside down cake! I’ll be waiting and watching!!! : )

    • We actually started with a pineapple from the grocery store. We cut the top off, leaving about 3/4″ to 1″ of fruit attached to the leafy green top. It’s recommended that you let that sit and dry for 2-3 days, but I didn’t. I just dried it off with a paper towel and planted it in a pot on the porch. I watered it every day for the first few weeks, then once it took root and felt firmly attached in the dirt, I cut down the watering to 3-4 times a week. According to pineapple growing sources, it should normally take 2-3 years for a pineapple plant to fruit. Ours took 6 years. It was a long wait, and I babied that plant for the full six years. We brought it inside during cold weather. We watered it regularly. We kept an eye out for bugs, etc. It was worth it, though. It has been a lot of fun to open the back door and see a pineapple growing on our patio. And now we’re up to 7 plants, six of which spawned off the original plant. You learn all kinds of cool stuff when you grow your own food (said the city girl).

  8. Just remembered you were looking for names for your pineapple… did you ever choose one?

    • Yes, we did! We combined one reader’s suggested of LaPina with your Thai name, so we call her La Pina Saparot. I call her LaPiSap (lappy-sap) for short. We named our second pineapple plant Spike. We have 3 new plants in pots now that sprouted from LaPiSap. Haven’t officially named them, but I’m thinking about Winkin, Blinkin & Nod. Hope all is well in Thailand, Patricia!

  9. JonahBear’s reaction, “Oh. My. Gosh. It’s almost ready for PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE!!!” Someone is excited!

  10. Hooray! It’s almost time for cake! That in itself is worthy of celebration, but the fact that this particular pineapple is six years in the making is even more cause to celebrate. Be sure to get a pic of Jonah-Bear’s face when he eats his first bite of pineapple upside down cake.

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