Member of the Bromeliaceae (bromeliad or pineapple family).
Native of the Tropical Americas.
Related species include bromeliads, Christmas cactus, Spanish moss.
Leaves stiff, spiny, mostly linear arising from a basal rosette.
Flowers borne mostly in spike-type inflorescences.
Classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
Chill sensitive, store above 55F.
Most bromeliads only flower once under home/office conditions. However, if new off-shoots are produced, it is possible to induce them to flower by treating the plant with ethylene gas. To treat a plant, place one or two ready to eat apples next to the plant and then seal the plant and apples in a plastic bag. Keep the bag sealed for two or three days at room temperature. Remove the bag and apples. It may take many weeks before you will know if the treatment was successful. Finally, since this bromeliad species does not flower much too begin with, it may be even more of a challenge to induce flowering.
Ananas: modified from aboriginal South American name.
Species name “comosus” means long hairs.
Often sold as a novelty plant with fruit being present. Most cultivars can survive under a wide range of light conditions.
The most common member of this family is the pineapple, other species are grown for fiber but most are grown for ornamental value. This species likes direct or filtered sunlight but can survive under lower light levels.