How to Grow a Pineapple Plant

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Did you know you can grow a pineapple plant from the top of a store bought pineapple? It’s actually pretty easy to do and I’ll show you how in these simple steps.

A common misconception is that pineapples grow on trees like bananas. Pineapples actually grow from the top of a low, spiky plant. Although pineapples are a tropical plant, they can grow very well in a pot. They can make a great houseplant as long as you give them lots of light.

Image courtesy of hiyori13

Image courtesy of hiyori13 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/hiyori13/31685467/

 

You’ll need the following…

  1. A pineapple
  2. A knife
  3. Some toothpicks
  4. A tall jar or glass
  5. Water

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Step 1 – Take the top off of the pineapple

You could cut the top off but it’s easy to twist the top off.

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Step 2 – Pull off the bottom leaves.

You want to expose the stem. This is where the roots will start to grow. You’ll want to expose about an inch of the stem.

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Step 3 – Remove any excess fruit.

Make sure you remove all excess fruit. Fruit that is left on the stem could result in mold growth. Once you cut away the excess fruit, you may have to pull of a few more leaves.

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Step 4 – Flip the pineapple upside down and let it dry for about a week.

This is an important step because it will prevent mold growth from any left over juices.

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Step 5 – Stick tooth picks around the bottom of the pineapple stem.

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Step 6 – Fill a tall jar or glass with water and place the pineapple top in the opening of the jar.

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Step 7 – Place your pineapple top in a warm, sunny area of your house. A window sill is a great place for your pineapple.

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Step 8 – Wait for the roots to grow.

It will take a few weeks for the roots to grow. You should change the water every few days to prevent mold from growing.

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Step 9 – Plant your pineapple plant.

Use a rich soil and medium to large size pot. Give your pineapple plant a good watering so that the roots will take to the soil.

Take care of your pineapple plant. It loves sun and needs to have the soil dry out between waterings (pineapple plants don’t actually need that much water). Eventually you may see a red flower growing in the centre of your plant. This red flower will eventually turn into a pineapple!

The beginnings of a pineapple! Image courtesy of Ramesh NG -

The beginnings of a pineapple!
Image courtesy of Ramesh NG –

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