In this article we will talk about how to grow homemade Pineapple. After all, this is the dream of many gardeners! First question: is it possible?
Yes, believe me, it is quite feasible! It will turn out, perhaps, not on the first attempt, but, with a certain amount of perseverance, it certainly will.
Where to begin?
First of all, the necessary planting material. To do this, fit the top sockets of those pineapples that are sold in our stores. Only fruits purchased in the warm season are suitable for rooting. When choosing a pineapple special attention should be paid to the state of the top - it should not be any damage.
With a sharp knife, carefully, trying not to capture the pulp of the fruit, cut off the top outlet. Slice sprinkled with charcoal. The resulting cutting should be slightly dried in the light for three to five days.
Cuttings should be planted in shallow containers filled with clean river sand. It will not be superfluous to boil it beforehand or to calcine it (and, for fidelity, it is possible both!).
Pineapple sprouting substrate options: fine gravel, expanded clay, broken brick, perlite mixed with long-fiber peat. Perhaps rooting in the land mix for young plants with the addition of coarse sand.
Before planting, it is necessary to sprinkle the leaves with 0.2% foundation, this procedure is useful to repeat every two weeks.
Planted cuttings placed under glass or plastic film. You can simply cover with a can or a cut off plastic bottle. But it is not necessary to close tightly and air from time to time so that the tops do not start to rot. During this period, it is important to closely monitor the moisture content of the substrate: overmoistening and dryness are equally harmful.
The main conditions for success: the temperature is not lower than 24-26 ° C and high humidity. Substrate temperature should not fall below + 25 ° С. We put the pot in a light, but inaccessible place for direct sunlight.
Rooting occurs in about a month. A sign of rooting petioles - the emergence in the center of the outlet of new leaves.
Substrate for Pineapple
Immediately after the stalks are rooted, they can be transplanted. The substrate must be loose and nutritious.
Pineapple has a shallow root system, so a flat vessel is ideal for it. Put pieces of aluminum wire on the bottom. 1/4 of the pot is filled with drainage, for this you can use broken shards, crushed stone, brick chips or crushed foam. Loose substrate and good drainage prevent waterlogging and acidification of the soil. To the substrate is not compacted with time, it is made up of fibrous peat and lumpy turf ground. You can add semi-overripe leaves of deciduous trees: oak, ash, maple, hornbeam, etc. Leaves should be collected at the end of summer outside the city limits. The collected materials are steamed, dried and slightly crushed. Well prevents souring of the substrate charcoal. Pineapples need acidic soil (pH = 4-5).
Pineapple is poured over with soft water, the temperature of which is not lower than 30 ° C. Water can be poured directly onto the outlet. From watering to watering, topsoil should dry out a little.
Requires frequent warm spraying.
Water for irrigation and spraying is useful to slightly acidify with lemon juice.
How to accelerate the growth of pineapple?
In order for Pineapple to grow well, it is necessary to create conditions for it as close as possible to its natural environment. Recall that this plant comes from the tropics.
Pineapples are very light-requiring, therefore, in the winter time they need additional illumination. The plant should be in the light at least 12 hours a day. An indicator of a sufficient degree of illumination are the reddish tips of young leaves.
The temperature of the content should be 28-30 ° C. Temperatures below 18 ° C Pineapple does not tolerate. Roots should also be insulated. For a pot with Pineapple cold floor or window sill are not suitable at all.
For successful growth, the plant needs 2-3 supplements during the growing season. For this you can use any mineral complex for indoor plants. At the first top-dressing, fertilizer is applied under the base of the plant, later on in the sinuses of the lower leaves.
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