Okay so for all of you who live in the Pinas and Hawaii maybe Pineapples and Plumeria are not such a big deal, but for us Tropical Island deprived individuals these two little items represent a bit of home and when you have success in growing them you get excited and smile.
The Plumeria I guess is not so hard to grow here in San Diego as they seem to do well even when planted in the ground. However, the first flower opened last Saturday and how beautiful it is! When last I was in Hawaii I bought 3 cuttings from different Plumerias and brought them home for my wife. She started them inside the house and after about 6 months transplanted them into larger pots and placed them in the front yard.
Here is the first bloom!
Now the Pineapples are another thing! The two eldest Pineapple plants we have are two years old. We started them by cutting off the tops of Pineapples we bought at the supermarket and planted them in 8” pots. Once they had taken root and grew big enough we transplanted them to the large pots they are in today. For two years we cared for them, the plants were beautiful, their long green leaves accented out garden. Last winter we thought we lost them, there was a hail storm that shower ice so hard that it damaged the pineapple leaves. Janet ended up having to trim the leaves back and our Pineapples looked to be in pretty bad shape. Some months latter after much care I noticed one of the plants had the beginnings of the pineapple fruit!, a week later the other had the beginnings of fruit as well!!! Here are pictures of the two pineapples;
Now we wait for the Guava, Avocado and Banana to fruit 🙂