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 Pineapples of the Upper Keys

A tropical American plant (Ananas comosus) having large swordlike leaves and a large, fleshy, edible, multiple fruit with a terminal tuft of leaves.

Pineapples (Ananas comosus) are native to southern Brazil and Paraguay, but after the colonisation of the New World, they were rapidly transported to all areas of the tropics. They are now widely grown in tropical and sub-tropical areas

Upper Keys Farming , like fishing, the wrecker did between salvaging shipwrecks. As the wrecking industry began to close in the latter 1800s, the farming industry expanded. 

Captain Ben Baker, a Key West wrecker is credited with being the first to raise pineapples commercially in the Keys. In  1866 he imported 6,000 pineapple slips. ( Slips are suckers cut from the stalk of a live plant ) These sucker cut came from Cuba and were planted on his land in Key Largo. I read of him earning $ 7,000 from his 1871 crop.  

Soon new settlers were clearing hundreds of dense woods in the upper Keys to start plantations. The land was cleared by the slash and burn method. The trees and brush are cut down, left to dry and then set on fire. These fields ranged in size from 10 to 100 acres. 

Early families of the Keys raised sufficient plant foods to support their own needs and probably enough to trade with neighbors. Messrs. Pinder and Saunders were raising pineapples and made immense shipments in 1881 and 1882. The manner of cultivation was peculiar. No hoe could be used because of the shallowness of the soil. The plants were set 18 inches apart, and left mostly to themselves. One weeding was considered sufficient. . . . On Plantation Key a Mr. Low [Lowe] had a pineapple and coconut grove. The pineapple grove was 30 acres in size and the crop that year [1880] was doing so well that he expected to cut at least 96,000 pineapples. . . ."  

Cephas Pinder
Oranges            4000 crates
Grapefruit             1000   "
Avocado Pears       500  "
Sugar Apples        1000  "
Tomatoes              1500  " ...."

One of the problems  the Keys farmers faced was getting the pines (pineapples) to marked befored they spoiled.
 

The Flagler railway extended to Key West in 1912 and brought in cheap Cuban pineapples. This doomed not only the Bahama pineapple market, but also that of Planter and Plantation Key. 

Development on the mainland beginning in the early 1900s required many new canals to drain the land as well as to prevent flooding. The cutting on the deep canals dropped the fresh water table five to seven feet in the Keys.  

Pineapples should be planted where the temperature remains warm. Pineapples like lots of sun and grow well in tropical regions around the world.
Plant is surprisingly drought tolerant, but adequate soil moisture is necessary.

Upper Keys generally received about 20 inches more annual rainfall. 

The best soil for the pineapple is a friable, well-drained sandy loam with a high organic content.Pineapples are grown from the crowns or tops of other pineapples.
Crowns are the main planting material of home gardeners propagation. These are obtained from store-bought fruit and are removed from the fruit by twisting the crown until it comes free.The bottom leaves are removed and the crown is left to dry for two days, then planted or started in water. Plants are spaced 12 inches apart. Set crowns about 2 inches deep.

When the plants are one year old the flowering process begins. The flower bud is small and pink, and looks like a pine cone.
As the bud grows it will become the fruit we know as a pineapple. It takes 18 months for the plant to produce a pineapple. An acre of land can yield about 7,000 pineapples. After the fruit was cut, the roots would yield a second and a third crop. After  four or five crops, the soil becomes exhausted nutrients. The land was abandoned and left to return to its natural state.


 THE PINEAPPLE has served as both a food and a symbol throughout the human history of the Americas. The presence of pineapples on Caribbean islands was not a natural event, but rather the result of centuries of indian migration and commerce. It was probably the Guarani Indians who took pineapples on sea voyages as provisions and to prevent scurvy, thus spreading the plants from their native Paraguay throughout South and Central America. Columbus called the fruit piña when he found it in 1493--piña because he thought it looked like a pinecone--and from that we got the name. The Spanish explorers thought pineapples looked like pinecones, so they called them "Pina." The English added "apple" to associate it with juicy delectable fruits.


Caribbean Indians placed pineapples or pineapple crowns outside the entrances of their homes to symbolize friendship and hospitality.

The pineapple is a member of the family Bromeliaceae

 

 

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Welcome...This page provides information on accommodations as well as a description of the amenities at Ocean Pointe Condo Resort located in Key Largo, Florida. Why stay at a hotel when you can rent an affordable holiday vacation lodging, situated directly on the atlantic ocean. Rent directly from the owner of this chalet, cabin, villa, home, apartment and condo accommodation in the beautiful Florida Keys.
 

Accommodations include - 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite, a full kitchen, living room, a private balcony with oceanviews.

Amenities include - 67 acres of tropical hardwoods, a protected mangrove forest and beach. Heated pool and spa, lighted tennis courts, marina and waterfront cafe with bar.


 

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Beautifully decorated, two bedroom, two bath, third-floor Condo. This unit is located at Ocean Pointe Suite and is perfect for anyone who dives, loves to boat, or wants to fish. This cozy unit is warm and inviting for those looking for a relaxing vacation or a getaway.

This resort condo has everything you need to restore your body and your mind. There is an outdoor pool and spa. There is a marina with dock space and boat ramp. There is a fishing pier, beach, canaba all in a park like setting. A sandy beach for relaxing and your tanning pleasure.  There are many restaurents in the area. There are many parks and beaches. You can bike, walk, kayak, sight see, charter boats, water sports, historic sites ect..... Or don't do anything.

Welcome to Ocean Pointe! This condo is available for your enjoyment. Please call or e-mail and you are well on your way to paradise!!!

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Amenities: Phone, Air Conditioning, Cable TVS, VCR, Stereo, CD Player, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer, Dryer, Hot Tub, pool, BBQ grill


Activities (on site or nearby): Beach, pool, Tennis, Biking, Coral Reef,Golf, Parks, beaches, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Backcountry Fishing,  Dea Sea Fishing, Kayaking, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Boating, Waterskiing, Windsurfing, Parasailing

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Vacation Rental Description A tropical paradise located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. This is a dream come true, boasting over 67 oceanfront acres of tropical hardwoods, mangrove forest and a beautiful beach.
This is a private gated resort, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the gateway to deep sea fishing. It is conveniently located near Tavernier Creek, with easy access to back-country fishing. This is the sportfishing capital of the world, with the only living coral reef in the continental United States. On the property is: a beach, a dock, a junior olympic size swimming pool with a spa, lighted tennis courts, tiki huts, a cocktail lounge with a cafe.


Vacation Rental Amenities Cocktail Lounge and Cafe - Heated Olympic Size Pool and Spa - Beach Area with Tiki Huts - Oceanfront Gazebo - Lighted Tennis Courts - Marina with Dock - Boat Ramp - Bait and Tackle Shop

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OCEAN POINTE SUITE # 1307, KEY LARGO, FLORIDA - OCEANSIDE - MM 92

Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
About 90 miles east of Key West.



Rates (in US Dollars )
Sep 01-Dec 15 ... $125/night .. $ 800/week. (3 night min)
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Holidays ........ $200/night .. $1100/week. (3 night min)
Special Events .. $200/night .. $1100/week. (3 night min)
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Miami to Key West is one of the more memorable automobile tours. Drive the Overseas Highway across a 128 mile chain of subtropical islands.This chain of coral and limestone islands connected by 42 bridges. The waters ranging from aquamarine to deep blue and emerald green. With dazzling sunsets and sunrises. Just off U.S. 1 you can fine an underwater worlds of silent beauty, tropical birds, mangrove islands and the key deer. A prime vacation spot. A place where artists, writers, fishers, and retirees make their homes in the  fragile natural resources of the Florida Keys.

Fishing and kayaking are some of the many alluring outdoor adventures in the Upper Keys, a collection of 823 islands.

Your Upper Keys adventure and beach vacation features hiking, biking, kayaking, and some of the best snorkeling in the world! Not to mention a chance to relax on the beach and catch some sun. Explore the Florida Keys including historic and eccentric Key West, the Everglades National Park and the best of Florida’s state parks. Look for the hiden beauity of manatees, alligators, and thousands of exotic birds. Take an air boat ride or do some fishing. 



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