Quick & Easy How To Grow A Pineapple Step By Step w/Pics
To Grow A Pineapple?! Hmmm, I have tried to raise a garden, and for whatever reason, I’ve never been very good at it. That doesn’t stop me from continuing to try. A few years ago I belonged to a Facebook group Called “Sprouts And Pouts.” This Facebook group I started to allow members to trade seeds, tips, photographs and such. I thought maybe I could learn a thing or two, and I did! I have found that it is much easier and I have much more success from container gardening. Trading seeds with people from all over the world was fun and educational for me. I had thousands of seeds; all kept in a neat binder. The seed binders were not much different than My Coupon Binder!
One of the projects I was so proud of was my pineapple! It was so easy. Here’s how I did it:
Grow A Pineapple Step 1:
First thing I did was to purchase a fresh organic Pineapple. When I’m selecting a pineapple, I look for one that’s evenly ripe, with a healthy set of green leaves at the top. Avoiding ones that are overripe or that have dead or sick-looking leaves on them will save you a lot of frustration later.
Grow A Pineapple Step 2:
Then I removed the top by firmly grasping the leaves and twisting. The crown detached from the base.
Grow A Pineapple Step 3:
I remove the leaves from the stalk, start by pulling off some of the lower leaves on the pineapple stalk, exposing about an inch of bare stalk. I was told that you need to be sure the “fruit” is completely removed, as it will rot if left attached.
Grow A Pineapple Step 4:
I set my stalk out to dry for a few days to allow the wounds from the leaf rips to dry. Pineapples will rot quickly, so skipping this step may cost you later.
Grow A Pineapple Step 5:
I then put my new pineapple project in a glass of water. Be careful not to submerge the top. I impatiently waited for roots! Small roots appeared after a few weeks, but good strong roots took about 2-3 months.
Grow A Pineapple Step 6:
After some really strong looking roots could be seen, I then Planted my pineapple stalk. I filled a 10″ pot with a light, fast-draining mixture – such as cactus potting mix – or a mixture of peat, sand, and perlite. You can use anything from 6” to 8” flower pot. Clay pots are best, but any pot will do. I then dipped the end in rooting hormone before planting. I planted the pineapple crown about an inch deep, gently firming the soil around it.
Items I used:
10 Inch TerraPot Planter [link to product]
Cactus Potting Mix [link to product]
Rooting Hormone [link to product]
Spray Bottle [I used a cheap one from the dollar tree]
Grow A Pineapple Step 7:
After planting, I watered my pineapple VERY lightly, just enough to moisten the soil. I use a spray bottle for this. I put my pot in a bright window and watered the plant when it became dry, just enough to keep it moist. (Don’t use any fertilizer yet.) I have heard of people who have put the pot in a lightly sealed plastic bag or a terrarium, to allow the plant to recycle its own water to avoid over-watering.
Grow A Pineapple Step 8:
I waited for my pineapples’ roots to take hold. It took about 2 months.
Grow A Pineapple Step 9:
Once your new pineapple begins growing new leaves, you can repot the plant in a 10” to 12” pot, using a rich but fast draining potting mix. After about a year of growth, you can move it to its final home in a large 5-gallon planter.