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Meg Keeney
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My sister who lives in Florida brought to me, four pineapple tops which she rooted in water back in 9/2011. I finally transferred them to four 16" pots using potting soil in January 2012. I figured this is Maine and I may not have enough light but I'll give it a whirl and see what they do. I placed them in front of a south facing sliding door. I keep the house pretty warm-average 72 through the winter. I'm going to list the short version by date and just post the pictures after.
Planted 1/2012. Young plants in row 2/10/12. First sign of flower 6/7/2013. Budding fruit 6/17/2013. Flowering fruit 7/9/2013. Green fruits 9/5/2013. Well established green fruits 10/11/2013. Ripening fruits 11/5/2013 harvested and eaten 11/11/13. I hope this inspires you to try your hand at this as well.
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Small plants 2/10/2012
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First sign of flowering 6/7/2013
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Budding fruit 6/17/2013
 
Meg Keeney
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Here are more pics.
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Flowering fruit 7/19/13
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green fruit 9/5/13
 
Michael Cox
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Neat - did they ripen properly?

What is the climate like where you are? Or were these grown entirely indoors?

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Stumbled on this...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9762475/Pineapple-grown-in-horse-manure-worth-10000.html
 
Jessica Gorton
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That's awesome! Now let's get on some Maine-grown coconuts!

I actually know of several Maine farmers who have started growing organic ginger and turmeric in hoophouses. It would be interesting to determine on a larger scale if the inputs necessary to grow tropical fruit up here, in terms of added heat and light, are less than the oil/energy needed to ship such foods from the South or West.
 
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Here are the most recent pics. In the last pic, I was going to cut off the top and decided I want to grow it so you can see where I cut and then when I twisted the top off- only half of the roots that are exposed because of it. I believe it will be fine though. I have it rooting in water for the time being. As soon as I see growth starting I will transfer to potting soil. And changing the water daily until then.
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Ripening fruits 11/5/13
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Harvested fruits- only 2 we're ripe enough
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In case you want to grow your own
 
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I have also started Ginger and Turmeric in the house as well.
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Meg Keeney
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Someday I would like to try growing coconut, banana, kiwi, fig, mango, Papaya, cocoa, olive, cinnamon, coffee and Pawpaw.
 
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That's pretty awesome! good work.

When I saw the title I was sure this was going to be about deer hunting. Game wardens often come upon large amounts of apples under white pine trees during hunting season. Hence... Maine Pine-apples.
 
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