How to Grow a Pineapple indoors.
Growing a Pineapple indoors
Have you ever been curious about growing your own Pineapple plant but did not know how hard it would be? Well I can tell you it is very easy. Not only is it easy but you can grow it indoors. I have made quite a few now, with only a couple not making it. The fun part is if they do not make it, you get another pineapple to eat and try again. Chances are if you try the same method that did not work, you might be surprised the second time around like I was. I am quite fascinated that I can grow a pineapple plant in Maine of all places so I can assure you it is worth a try.
Prepping the Pineapple for growing
Ingredients: Growing a Pineapple
- 1 Ripened Pineapple, Yellowish colored skin and Nice Pineapple Aroma
- 1 (6" to 8" pot)
- (Enough soil to fill pot) Potting mix with Perlite and Peat
- 1 Spray Bottle (optional)
Instructions: Growing a Pineapple indoors
- Go to the Market and pick out a Pineapple. - That is yellowish in color or close to. A green colored pineapple is not ripe enough to eat. -The pineapple needs to be a little soft to know its ready, stiff is not ready yet. -Has a nice Pineapple aroma( No aroma when not ripe.) -Overripe will not work either. If you pull on on of the leaves from the crown and it comes off easily, the Pineapple is too ripe. (plus you will not enjoy eating the meat.
- Take your pineapple and cut off the crown (the leafy top) along with an inch of the meat. (cut up the body of meat for eating purposes, an obvious but enjoyable step)
- Carefully make tiny slices in the bottom of he crown and remove the meat. ( you leave an inch initially so you don't cut off the young roots your trying to uncover.) Keep making tiny slices until a ring of brownish dots emerge. ( these are known as root primordia). You do not have to do this step, opting to keep the inch of meat on the bottom of the stock, I have done this before with both outcomes, but you are taking a risk that when the meat rots the rot will go into the crown and no more pineapple.
- Peal off the bottom inch of leaves, leaving an inch of stock and uncovering more root primordia.
- Leave your pineapple out to dry for a couple days to a week to allow any scaring from removing the meat and leaves to heal. This will make sure that the plant will not rot when planted.
- With your pot, filled with soil, plant the crown about an inch deep. This will bury the leafless stock.
- Gently pack the dirt around the crown and lightly water. (just enough to moisten the dirt not soak it) I usually use a spray bottle to keep from over watering.
- Place plant in a sunny location. It takes the pineapple 1 to 3 months to get a good strong root system. Gently tug the crown and if the plant gives You have roots. Also you will see new leaves growing.
- Re-Pot to a 10" or 12" pot if you want. I keep re-potting as it gets bigger, currently I have it in a 12" pot and will need a new one soon.
Growing a Pineapple indoors
Pineapple plant upkeep
Now once the pineapple plant is planted and rooted there is feeding and eventually getting it to flower and fruit.
- Feeding it: It is recommended to feed it every month, especially while it grows. As it first develops its root system it is pulling all its nutrients from its leaves. I usually spray it with a water bottle that has water from a fish tank (a liquid fertilizer). You can also just sprinkle solid fertilizer or compost onto the leaves. (don't use store bought fertilizer or compost unless you know that no chemicals have been added, as this can burn the leaves and weaken the roots). Once the roots are going well You can either mix in a little fertilizer or compost into the dirt every month or what I do is sprinkle Osmocote onto the soil. This is a good indoor plant food, less of a mess.
- Getting the pineapple to flower and fruit: It takes 2 to 3 years before the pineapple will bare fruit. This is determined by whether you are feeding when you should, it is in a good sized pot for its root system to be able to breath, and your climate is controlled (sunny and warm). If for some reason the plant has not flowered you can coax it by wrapping it in plastic with some ripened apples during the winter months.(The apples will rot releasing an ethylene gas that is kind of like a plant stimulant).