How to Grow a Pineapple
Grow your own Pineapple Plant
I really like growing plants from seeds or cuttings. It is not just that it comes much cheaper than buying a plant from a nursery, it is that I consider it a very interesting challenge to my growing gardening skills!
It is not always possible or easy to grow a plant from a seed or cutting, especially in the case of tropical plants. Some kinds never seem to make it, while other kind of plants need to be grafted in order to produce fruits. Pineapple plants are quite exceptional, in the sense that it is really quite easy to grow a new plant from a pineapple top and that they are one out of very few tropical plants that may actually produce fruit if you grow them that way.
Growing a pineapple plant from a top is a fun and interesting gardening activity and if you have never done it, I strongly urge you to try it. Even more, I would strongly advice you to involve your children in this, as it is also a very educational activity. Read on to see how easy it is to grow a pineapple plant from tops.
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How do you do it?
The first step is to buy a nice, healthy, not too ripe pineapple with a nice bunch of healthy green leaves on top. Bring it home with you and slice the top off with a very sharp knife, just under the leaves. Make sure that there is no fruit pulp left under the top, because it may rot and ruin the whole plant. Pull of a row of the small, dry leaves around the base. For best results, you may leave the pineapple top to dry for a day or two before planting.
Enjoy eating the rest of the pineapple!
Take a small to medium flower pot and put a layer of perlite on the bottom. This is to ensure good drainage.
Add some good potting soil and place your pineapple top on top of it. There is absolutely no need to put the pineapple top in a jar of water until it starts growing roots. It will grow perfectly well in a pot.
Add some more potting soil around the pineapple top, patting it snug around the base of the leaves. Water lightly so that the soil is moist but not soggy. Keep watering regularly, but not too enthusiastically and your plant will soon start growing.
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Caring for your pineapple plant
Pineapple plants are really quite easy to care for, as they are among very few tropical plants that are quite happy in pots and can therefore grow almost anywhere in the world, inside or outside, in full sun or partial shade, depending on the climate.
Don't water too much and don't fertilize too much or you can burn the plant. Be careful to protect your pineapple plant from frost.
It may take your plant up to three or four years before it produces fruit! Once it flowers, it takes about six months for the fruit to ripen. You will know it is ready for you to pick once it starts turning yellow.
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