A terrestrial bromeliad with a rosette of brownish-green, lance-shaped, evergreen leaves up to 50cm long, with upward-pointing spines. In summer produces a tight cluster of yellowish-red flowers, with red bracts, on a stout, upright stem followed by green-brown pineapples up to 15cm long which are edible but not very fleshy. Image shows Ananas bracteatus 'Tricolor'
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Ananas are evergreen, terrestrial bromeliads with basal rosettes of spiny-margined, lance-shaped leaves. In summer, they produce showy flowers in dense, terminal, cone-like clusters followed by fleshy, edible fruit
- Name status
- Plant range
- Brazil to Argentina
How to grow
Grow in terrestrial bromeliad compost in full light, low to moderately humidity and no draughts. Water freely when growing and flowering, reduce slightly and add a balanced liquid feed weekly when in fruit, keep barely moist at other times.
Root basal offsets in early summer, or sever the leafy rosette at the top of the fruit, allow it a day or two to callus then root it in a barely moist mix of peat or peat substitute and sand in indirect light at 21C
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
No pruning needed
Scale insects may be a problem
Generally disease free
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