This summer try growing a pineapple. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family so naturally they will grow well in warmer weather. They grow extremely well in sub-tropical and tropical climates and look striking potted up in large pots. A real statement for patios and a talking piece when the pineapples start to appear.
To start the process, buy a pineapple, with its leaves still attached, from your local food store. Cut its leafy head off, retaining about 5mm of the juicy pineapple flesh.
Pineapples grow well in full sun and part shade positions. If planting in the vegie patch, dig into the soil some well composted manures before planting. Dig a little hole to place the pineapple head in and cover the pineapple flesh with soil up to the base of the leaves.
If planting in large pots, use Searles Cymbidium & Bromeliad Mix which has a flower booster added to the mix.
Keep soil moist, they are a tropical plant after all and love being watered during the warmer seasons. Apply a controlled release fertiliser, like Fruit & Citrus Plant Food to promote flowering and fruit.
Your newly planted pineapple cutting will take time to establish its root system. New pineapple plants need a few summers before they will produce fruit. So in the mean time, enjoy their striking foliage and keep watch.