Maturity Period and Harvesting of Pineapple Fruits

It takes pineapple 9months to be of sufficient mass (dark green in color) to produce a good sized fruit. At this point it is set for artificial inducement. NOTE:This period of time for maturity is particular by pineapples propagated by suckers only.▶Note; it is not advisable to plant pineapple on a lease or rented land because pineapples produce all year round.Plant it on your own land.▶ Cost Analysis on one acre of Pineapple Farm Purchase of pineapple suckers of 25,000 pieces is needed for one acre of land under standard…

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Ideal Spacing Required in planting Pineapples

Pineapple plants are usually set out in twin/double or triple rows. A spacing of 1m from center to center of beds/ridges, rows 60cm apart within beds/ridges and plants 30cm apart within rows is recommended (30 x 60x 100cm) giving a plant population of 55,000 plants/ha.  Ensure that your suckers are ready like 1week before planting. Peel off the first two-leaf layers of the root base so as to expose the young roots, thereby hastening growth rate. While planting, ensure to plant the suckers at a depth of 10 cm.

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How to Control Pests and Diseases in a Pineapple Farm

Mealybug is a common pest of pineapple found on the surface of the pineapple leaf as well as inside the enclosed blossom cups. It is also a vector of wilt disease in pineapple. Mealy bug can be controlled by spraying insecticide in the morning or evening on the pineapple field.Nematodes are also serious pests of pineapple;They are controlled by fumigating the soil with 1, 3-D. Root rot disease can be prevented by avoiding too much water around the root zone of pineapple but can be controlled by improving soil drainage.

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Methods of Weed Control on a Pineapple Farm

It is important to control weeds in pineapple farm during the first four months after planting so as to avoid slow growth of pineapple plants which could arise as a result of competition for space, nutrients and air with the crop. It is advisable that a A pre-emergence application of Atrazine @ 4kg a.i/ha is is to be applied immediately after planting in other to block the germination of weed seeds for as long as possible. Thereafter,a tank mixture of Atrazine and diuron can be used subsequently for weed control…

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The Ideal Soil Type Required for Pineapple Farming

Pineapple growers do not only make money from the sales of pineapple fruits but also sell suckers to other intending growers. Hence, pineapple is the current money spinner as far as farming enterprise is concerned today. First,you need to understand that Pineapple thrive well on a well drained sandy soil because of the nature of its roots. The roots are extremely fragile and can only grow in a loose and well aerated soil with relatively good water retention. Hence, silty soils and clayey soils are not recommended for growing pineapples.…

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