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Saturday, 2 June 2012

PINEAPPLE - A popular fruit plant that can be grown easily in homestead garden

Scientifically, Pineapple is known as Ananas comosus and belongs to the family of Bromeliaceae. Pineapple is a popular fruit plant to be grown very easily in homestead garden. A corner area of homestead is enough for growing one or two plants. It’s juicy and fleshy fruit is commonly used for fruit and cooking purpose. Fruits are rich source of Antioxidants, vitamin-C and Vitamin-A. It also contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein.

The promising varieties of Pineapple available in Kerala(India) are Kew, Mauritius and Amrutha.
Plant suckers are used for propagation. The best season for planting is May-June, in the beginning of monsoon. Select healthy suckers of size weighing 700-1000gm.Suckers can be planted in raked soil. About 3kg organic manure may be added with soil.
During summer, Pineapple should be irrigated where ever possible. Do mulching with dry leaves to keep soil moisture.
Pineapple plants
No major pests or diseases are noticed in Pineapple.



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