Today we read this article in Maui News that is very encouraging 6 months into the new operations.
When we heard of the operations shutting down in December we began thinking we needed to get more pineapple in the ground. So in April we finally got around to moving the old pineapple patch and planting an all new one. The old area where they had been for the lat 3 years was rather depleted and the dirt was really compacted. We relocated the plants along with about 10 new ones into a new mound in the garden. Pineapple seem to do well when planted in loose soil and close together. Besides, it sure makes water a whole lot easier.
Below are some images from our recent pineapple patch relocation.Stay tuned... it only takes about 22 months for pineapple to be ready for the picking.
|Store bought Maui Gold pineapples are only $2.79 at Costco.|
|Cut the tops off the pineapple and let air dry a few days then place in water until roots form. Usually in a week or so.|
|Pull off some of the bottom leaves so that about 1"of the stalk is bare before letting air dry and placing in water.|
|We prepared this mound for the relocation of the old pineapple patch.|
|We added rich mulch and perlite to the soil so that the roots could take hold. The mulch and perlite also help to keep the soil moist.|
|The old pineapple patch. These actually look pretty good, but most were not even rooted. The ground was just too hard and depleted of nutrients.|
|While my mom and nick were here back in April, Nick helped us relocate the old pineapple plants, some of which did not survive as well as adding in about 10 new plants from the Costco purchases.|
|The patch as it was this morning. Most have actually doubled in size and are firmly rooted. Looking to add in3 more this week.|
|Detail showing new growth.|