Busselton gardener's pineapple surprise

Busselton gardener Marjorie Crawford was delighted to find a pineapple growing in her makeshift garden bed.

Busselton gardener Marjorie Crawford was delighted to find a pineapple growing in her makeshift garden bed.

Busselton resident Marjorie Crawford was delighted to discover a fully grown pineapple had popped up in her makeshift garden bed.

Ms Crawford planted a pineapple cutting in her garden a couple of years ago and moved it to a temporary garden bed in a foam box.

"At the end of January I saw something growing out of the middle," she said.

"Someone had given me a paper on how pineapples grow.

"I thought I would give it some blood and bone and watered the plant, and up it came."

According to the Rare Fruit Club of WA, the climate in the southwest was not ideal for growing pineapples but they could produce here.

They stated the ideal temperature for growing pineapples was between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius, anything below 18 to 20 degrees Celsius pineapples almost stopped growing.

Ms Crawford said she had grown a pineapple before but it only grew to a small size.

"I did not know what to do with them and we had been up north during the winter," she said.

"When we returned I thought it would be rotten but it was bright orange and delicious.

"I will let this one ripen up then chop the top off and grow another one."

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