One of the reasons we went down there was to buy some books for Ronnie; he has his Annual Training trip soon. There is a Christian book store there at Branson Landing where most books are $5. Among my husnband's passions are playing the trumpet, golfing, growing pineapple and reading Christian mystery thrillers. On our way down to Branson I began thinking of his other passions, specifically growing pineapples!
Sounds like an odd choice of hobbies for someone who lives in the southwest part of Missouri! We get odd looks when we share this information with others, but it provides for interesting conversation. It all began when we visited Maui, Hawaii in 1998. While there we went on a boat excursion called "The Trilogy". What a fantastic day on the water! Part of the day included a lunch buffet prepared by the crew of the catamaran. During this time they discussed pineapples and how they grew. . . that sparked the interest of my husband. We brought back a few fresh pineapples from the island and the challenge began!
|The beginning of a new pineapple plant! It begins growing up from |
the center of the spiky leaves. (2005)
|This is 3 months after the May 2005 photos where you see it beginning to form a new plant. He has cut it from the stalk (where he is holding it).|
Here Ronnie is holding his latest conquest: Pineapple #2! This one is smaller than the first one he grew which he had to "force" it to bloom. It was sweet and had a fairly concentrated pineapple taste. YUMMY!
This group of four pics is from July 3, 2007... Ronnie's third pineapple! All pics are from it still on the stalk that grows up from the middle of the spiky leaves. After this one is removed the plant in the pot is no longer good for producing another fruit. Each plant only produces one pineapple in it's lifetime. So we throw out the old plant and repot the top of the newest pineapple once we cut it off. Then the cycle begins all over again!