The above ‘pineapple top’ was recently cut from a pineapple grown in the Tucker Greenhouse. The top was then placed in water and began initiating roots in a matter of days. Once completely rooted, it will be planted in soil and will produce a flowering stalk in one and a half to two years.
The Coffea arabica plant above flowered earlier this summer, and has since produced large numbers of green ‘coffee beans’. When these ‘beans’ ripen, they’ll turn bright red. I plan to harvest them, roast them, and brew the first ever ‘Tucker Greenhouse, Organic, Shade-grown Coffee’. If you’d like to see this plant for yourself, go into the Tropical greenhouse and look toward the north corner.