Pineapple plant: care and cuttings of the bromeliad ornamental pineapple
The pineapple plant or bromeliad is a beautiful houseplant that is appearing in more and more living rooms. The plant smells wonderfully sweet and although the pineapple looks very tasty, the mini pineapple on the plant is not suitable for consumption. The fruit is only for decoration. The care of the plant is not very difficult. Because the plant, unlike other plants, mainly releases oxygen in the dark and the special smell of the plant, the Bromeliad seems to help against snoring. In addition to a beautiful plant, the pineapple plant is also a functional plant.
Water the pineapple plant
In the jungles where the bromeliad originally comes from, the humidity is extremely high. In most homes this is not the case and that is not very pleasant for the pineapple plant. To give the plant a bit of the idea of the humid jungle, water can be given with the plant spray, whereby not only the soil is wetted, but the entire plant is sprayed. About once a week the pineapple plant can really enjoy such a shower. The soil of the plant can always be slightly moist, but certainly not too wet. When watering, also moisten the core of the plant well. The pineapple grows from the core and the plant also gets a lot of nutrition from the layer of water in the core.
Location of the bromeliad
The pineapple plant is a huge fan of light, but the bromeliad is less happy with direct sunlight and extremely high temperatures. Therefore choose a place near a window on the north or west. There the plant certainly gets enough light, but the bright sun does not shine directly on the leaves of the plant. If you place the bromeliad on a windowsill above the heater, it is important to keep the air well moist. This can be done with the plant sprayer or by hanging a moisture evaporator on the heater. In addition to a decorative stone pot, also use an inner pot with holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain easily and the roots of the pineapple plant are not constantly in the water. If the roots are in a layer of water for too long, they can rot and the pineapple plant will unfortunately not survive that.
Propagate the pineapple plant
When the small pineapple has grown, the entire plant will unfortunately die. This just happens and nothing can be done about it. After proper care of the plant, it is a shame to see the plant die and then throw it away. Fortunately, there is a way to continue to enjoy the pineapple plant. You can easily grow a new plant. Sometimes new small plants grow naturally next to the mother plant. Carefully separate these from the mother plant and place them in a new pot with soil. A new plant will grow automatically. If the small plants do not yet have a root, you can put them in the water with the bottom until a root becomes visible. Another way to propagate the plant is to cut off the top of the tiny pineapple when the rest of the plant starts to wither. Place the top in potting soil. Do not cover the leaves with soil and water about once a week. More leaves will naturally start to grow and you will soon have a new pineapple plant that will become just as beautiful as your old one.