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Few fruits have the ability to light up your taste buds like a delicious piece of fresh pineapple. It might seem hard to believe, but it is entirely possible to grow pineapples in aquaponics gardens successfully. And there are many good reasons for doing so. In fact, some nutritionists believe that plants, fruits, and vegetables that are grown in aquaponics systems could have a higher nutritional value than produce grown commercially. Aquaponics pineapples are exceptionally environmentally friendly and can be cultivated right in your own backyard. Also, by growing your own pineapples, you’ll be doing your bit for the planet as you won’t be using pineapples that have been shipped thousands of miles.
If you would like to experience the pride that comes with harvesting your first aquaponics pineapple, read on. We’ll tell you how to grow this spectacular fruit in your aquaponics system.
Why Grow Aquaponic Pineapples?
When it comes to pushing the boundaries of your aquaponics system and yourself as an aquaponics gardener, there are few greater achievements than growing pineapples. With the right setup, the right nutrients and the right conditions, you’ll have your own slice of paradise growing, and while it might take a while, it is definitely worth the wait.
Pineapples are one of the most versatile fruits around. They can be used in fruit salads, savory dishes, and of course, in cocktails. Pina colada, anyone?
How to Get Your Pineapples Started
One of the best things about growing pineapples is that you don’t need to start from seed or even a seedling. Simply take the top or crown of a pineapple. Trim the leaves at the bottom of the pineapple to expose the crown to the water. If you can, select a black aquaponics reservoir pot to place the crown in. A light-proof reservoir will help to prevent algae from growing. Place some growing medium into the pot and place your crown inside the medium. You need to ensure that when the pot is in the water that the crown is submerged just below the waterline.
Don’t Forget to Feed the Leaves
Did you know that pineapples absorb more nutrients through their leaves than through their roots? For this reason, you should spray them 2-3 times a day with a nutrient solution. This will help to ensure healthy and consistent growth.
Light, Temperature, and pH
Pineapples are one of the hardiest of aquaponics plants and require a temperature of 59 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. They require 7-8 hours of light per day to grow. However, once they start to bloom, you will need to extend this to 10-12 hours a day. Pineapples require a pH of around 6.5.
The Long Game
Patience is a virtue when it comes to growing pineapples in aquaponics gardens. They grow slowly! In fact, we’re talking between 2-3 years before they start producing fruit. However, they are a low-maintenance plant, so once planted, you can just spray them a few times a day and let them do their thing.
It’s important to be prepared for a long growing cycle. We wouldn’t recommend starting with this delicious fruit as your experience as an aquaponic gardener, as there are other options that would be better suited for beginners.
However, if you have had success with cultivating other plants in your setup, pineapples would be a great way to put your skills, and grow bed, to the test.