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Scratching the itch

As Kristin pointed out, I should have some plants to give me a bit of green amongst all the snow--and so I do! Dan and I were gifted with the largest aloe plant I had ever seen--but it was in need of dividing. A trip to Lowe's returned us home with 2 other plants, in addition to the extra potting soil and pots that we needed for the aloe. But, in addition to all that, we decided that we wanted to try our hand at growing a pineapple!

As a child, I had read nearly every gardening book I could get my hands on, and saw that you could grow pineapples in your house. The pineapple lingered on for several years, but never seemed to thrive--eventually it decided to dry rot and peetered out. Well, it's been quite a while since my first attempt and we wanted to give it a go! Here's the website that we used to teach us all the in's and out's!When it started out, this is what it looked like. I checked it everyday, hoping it would send out new, white roots. My stubborn patience (mostly stubboornness) paid off and after about a month, this is what it looked like!

Our newest addition to our "table forest" as Dan likes to call it, was planted in the pot in the background and joined our momma and baby aloes, a Mother-in-law's-tongue, a bromelaid, and a mint plant in our kitchen.Dan and I both know that it will take up to nearly 3 years before our pineapple will give us another wonderful fruit, but we're willing to wait. We both remember the taste of truly fresh pineapple from our trips to Nicaragua, and we're hoping that it'll fruit right about the time we buy land...and build our home.

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  1. Oh WOW will that seriously grow a pineapple??!!! That is so sooo cool. You are totally inspiring me to try my hand at house plants again. The only ones we've managed to keep alive are peace lillies of which we have 2. We've got two other half dead plants. But I think I need to start trying cause if we are really going to be farmers/homesteaders I need to know how to grow some things (we're better in the animal department).

    I just love that your pineapple will be ready by the time you go find your land. :) That's so cool. Please give us pineapple update pictures periodically! :)

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  2. Haha, ok, will do! There probably won't be much more for a year or two, or at least until I start seeing some fresh leaves...then the long wait for the stalk! Dan was envisioning a greenhouse (we want one attached to our house) full of pineapples that we could grow our own fruit in, despite the weather. I think he was getting a little over-zealous, but we could probably swing a few plants for a fruit every couple of months or so.

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  3. Paige,
    I am thrilled you started blogging!!! Hope told me I needed to check it out. Welcome to the fun!!!
    grace and peace,
    julie

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  4. Wow that si getting really big. Are you haveing fun taking care of it?

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