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Finally managed to buy some rough pineapples with their tops on, at the local grocer. He sell his goods and will put a sign on his fruit etc as to where it comes from, e.g. Bundaberg tomatoes, N.Q. rockmelon. 

Now I have to eat the pines and then plant the tops.  I have just pulled back the leaves and stuck them in the ground?

How is everyone going with their pines, there are quite a few varieties available now.

ROUGH with prickly leaves, a Queensland pine, firm yellow flesh, a favourite for fanciers.

GOLD originally from Hawaii, is low acid and has a sweet aroma.

JUBILEE, bred in Australia. It is high in Vit C and also anti-oxcidants than other varieties.  

FESTIVAL the latest type, is a larger pine, with a pina colada and coconut aroma. 

SMOOTH- A cayenne type, higher in acid in winter, sharper taste.

Here is a link for different times of fruiting etc. 

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Without doubt, 'roughs' are a treasure. They are also so prickly having grown them I know why they are called 'rough'!

Handle with gloves is my tip. Just peel back a few of the lower leaves to reveal the immature roots waiting for their chance to grow. I suggest you pop them in a pot first to get them growing. Believe it or not Pineapples can and do get sunburn and having the plants established and drawing moisture and nourishment from the soil will give them the best chance to grow into strong plants. Expect fruit 2 years from now.

I'd not heard of those other varieties, thank you for the info. All of mine have come from commercial tops originally so are anyone's guess on variety. They do need constant moisture but good drainage and some food as I have found when I left mine to dry out :-( the mature fruit was pale and sour and ended up as compost. 

where is your local grocer - we have three different varieties ( gold festival and smooths ) of pineapples but no roughs so would love to visit him and get a few !!!! - yes as a school student and uni student i spent many hours hoeing rows of pineapples and the roughs were the worst = hardest 50c an hour I ever earned ! 

Yes, Mary-Ann, my other half spent many a time helping out on the pineapple farms up Dayboro way. They got wiped out with a disease. The grocer had a couple of pines left, he is opposite the Aspley Hornets footy club house in Graham Road.   

thanks will see what i can do tomorrow 

So many varieties! I had no idea. I used to just grow the tops of the ones I bought from my fruit shop at Lawnton...whatever they were.

Lissa - until lots of hybrids have come out the general rule was that smooth varieties are larger and juicier, whereas rough leaf fruit are smaller and sweeter. 

The pineapples that you get in the shops are selected to transport and sell  there are other varieties that are better tasting but may not be worth growing to market.

Locally there was a short-lived seller of fresh fruit and his Pines were the most scrumptious ever and they are mostly the tops I have used to grow on. Good luck smiles occasionally ;-)

Jeff any ideas where we can get these other varieties from - nothing on gumtree, daleys has one for $ 20.00 - bit too expensive ! our other stockists are out as well !!!! 

Some of the new commercial varieties are  imported Hawaiian varieties they seem to bring in tissue culture but pineapples can be grown from seed  if you look on Internet they name some different varieties that a plant breeder could probably import  but at what cost. The industry research  here in Queensland may already have the different varieties. The Queensland industry seems to be in total decline  can someone ask a grower what the farmer gets for each pineapple.

Don't know what the seller got for it, but I paid $2.99 for a Q'ld rough and they are not plentiful. I think the total crop was under 1,000 ton.

Seed give variations that commercial growers probably don't want although it is the genesis of new varieties. There's some pix and a post from Rob Collings on the seeds he found in one of his Pines.

There have been varieties developed in Queensland. Read about one bred by a young farmer in the last 15 years although I've forgotten the name of it.

Not sure now if the Golden Circle cannery is still using Queensland-grown fruit. A lot of growers just grow for the canning trade rather than fresh fruit. I note a lot of topless Pines coming from north Queensland, seems they have a specific variety probably PVR hence no tops. More of these Pines in the local shops than any that look fresh-picked and with their tops. The tops of course take up a lot of space and are spikey so no real surprise they are trimmed down.

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