INSIDE : It is so much easier than you think to grow a pineapple plant! See my tips growing a pineapple from an existing fruit, as well as a fun craft tutorial for painting a DIY Pineapple Pot.
Today am sharing How to Grow a Pineapple (even if you accidentally decapitate your very very favorite plant ever – true story keep reading), which I just learned is also called an ananas plant.
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What supplies do I need to grow a Pineapple Plant?
FRUIT BACK STORY:
I went to Ikea early this summer and bought myself a pineapple plant. I loved that little guy and took such great care of him. Little by little he started to grow and then I repotted him.
One morning, I was outside doing some yard work and walked by my little fruity plant. I noticed there was a spider making a web on the top of the leaves, so I took the trowel that was in my hand and casually brushed that little spider off. Well, tragedy hit and along with the spider being knocked off, my sweet little pineapple also tumbled to the ground.
Do Pineapples normally grow on Trees?
Surprisingly enough, pineapples do not grow on trees. I had thought they would be like a banana tree hanging down from tall branches. But, they grow from a big leafy plant in the ground, similar to what a yucca plant looks like. The plant consists of stocky leaves circled around a central stem. In a healthy plant, the tapered, swordlike leaves can grow up to about 5 feet long.
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How do you grow a Pineapple Plant from a Pineapple top?
The first step requires gloves if you have a larger, more mature pineapple. Grab securely onto the base of the leaves and with your other hand, hold tight to the fruit. Give a few tight turns and the leaves should pull right out from the base.
If this step doesn’t work for some reason, you can always simply cut the top off from your plant. I prefer twisting and getting a few of those baby roots with it if possible, though.
Turn the leaves upside down and pull the bottom inch or so of leaves off from the base. You will be surprised, but about an inch or so up there are tiny little roots that have already started growing. Once you can see those little nubs of roots, you are at a stopping point for now.
Find a sunny window sill and place your pineapple leaves in a glass of water to start growing those root systems out. Every few days I would empty my glass and get fresh water. It was amazing how quickly the roots grew. My roots were about 3″ long after a week or two.
Once my plant was ready to be transferred from the water back into soil, I decided to paint myself a new terra cotta pot.
Using yellow acrylic paint, I painted the rim of the pot, inside and out. Then, I took a hot pink and a citrus orange and created a simple crosshatch pattern to represent pineapples.
After my painted pot was dry, I added a handful of small rocks to the bottom of my pot to help with drainage. Then I filled the pot about 2/3 of the way full with potting mix.
Next, I added the plant crown with it’s new baby roots into the pot and filled in the empty space with some additional potting soil. Lastly, I could not help adding a cute little sign.
The cool thing about this is, you don’t have to start with an actual plant. You can literally grow a plant from a pineapple purchased at the grocery store – how fun is that!
- Pineapple Fruit - whole
- Garden Gloves
- Drinking Glass or Mason Jar
- Starting with garden gloves, grab securely onto the base of the pineapple plant leaves and with your other hand, hold tight to the fruit. Give a few tight turns and the leaves should pull right out from the base.
- Turn the base of leaves upside down and pull the bottom inch or so of leaves off. You will be surprised, but about an inch or so up there are tiny little roots that have already started growing. Once you can see those little nubs of roots, you are at a stopping point for now.
- Find a sunny window sill and place your pineapple leaves in a glass of water to start growing those root systems out.
- Every few days, empty your glass and get fresh water. It is amazing how quickly the roots grew. My roots were about 3″ long after a week or two.
- After your plant is ready to be transplanted from the water to soil, add a handful of small rocks to the bottom of your pot to help with drainage. Then fill the pot about 2/3 of the way full with potting mix.
- Lastly, plant pineapple crown with it’s new baby roots into the pot and fill in the empty space with some additional potting soil.
If twisting the pineapple top off with gloves doesn’t work for some reason, you can always simply cut the top off from your plant. I prefer twisting and getting a few of those baby roots with it if possible, though.
What kind of sun requirements do Pineapple Plants need?
I tried my plant in a few different lighting amounts : indoors with indirect light, outdoors with direct summer sun and then eventually outdoors in dappled shade. I noticed my pineapple seemed to do best indoors with plenty of sunshine and warmth and in moderate light/shade outside. I did bring my plant outdoors eventually because he did not like direct summer sun. When it got too much summer sun, he started to scorch and the fruit actually turned red in color.
How long does it take a Pineapple plant to grow?
I ended up keeping my plant outdoors but in light shade, light sun. These seemed to be the best light conditions for him. Pineapple plants are slow growers, so don’t expect to have pineapples the first year.
What kind of care does a pineapple plant need?
From my experience, the light amount was the biggest issue of concern for my plant. Once I found the ideal light conditions, my fruit plant was very happy. I watered my pineapple plant about once a week, each time putting my finger into the soil about 2″ deep to see if it was dried out enough. I never worried about fertilizing my plant.
Guys, by this time next year I just might have a pineapple plantation going in my backyard!!
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