Grow a pineapple in your own home from the top of store bought pineapple! Step by step directions

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  • Grow a pineapple in your home

    Juicy, delectable pineapple is a favorite of many people but few know it can be grown right in your home. The next time you buy a pineapple at the grocery store, don't discard the top after cutting it off.
    How to Grow a pineapple from scraps

    Remove any excess pineapple and skin from around the leaves, being careful not to cut into the tough area around the bottom of the leaves.

    Take the top and immerse it in a combination of water, 1\2 teaspoon epsom salts and 1\2 teaspoon of powdered tea. Set it in a window that gets sun for two weeks, taking care to keep the fluid level at the bottom of the leave.

    The first thing you will notice is that the original leaves of the pineapple will begin to turn brown and new leaves will begin to grow at the center.

    Transplant the pineapple into slightly damp potting soil, combined with sand and vermiculite. Keep the soil damp for another two weeks.

    Be careful not to over water or the new roots that are forming will rot. In the next few weeks all the outer leaves will die and can be removed, as the new leaves begin to grow. It is best to allow the plant to grow, removing the dead leaves for the next year. During this time the pineapple should be watered no more than once a week.

    Pineapples like a dry, acid soil so occasionally add a little excess coffee to your water. During the spring sprinkle a teaspoon of epsom salt near the base of the plant and continue watering as usual. You can also set the plants outside in a semi-sunny area.

    After approximately a year, you can force your pineapple to bloom by placing the mature plant in a plastic bag with an apple for three days.

    The trick is the gas that is produced by the apple and after the plant is removed it should bloom in two to three months. How you water a pineapple is also important. The pineapple should be watered from the top so that the cups at the bottom of the plant are filled. It is also healthy for the pineapple plant to wet the leaves as you water.


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    1. 14mcqueeneya's Avatar
      14mcqueeneya -
      This is a GREAT Idea! I have a pineapple on the counter and we're going to see if we can grow our own. My daughter is out collecting small rocks for drainage right now.
    1. goetergirl's Avatar
      goetergirl -
      That sounds interesting and fun to try. A few years ago I saw pineapple plants at Walmart, but I think they were just decorative plants. I would love to try this, but my plants seem to die for some reason in my apartment.
    1. bleedingace's Avatar
      bleedingace -
      we will give this a try really soon!!! pineapple is my DH favorit fruit! this is cool!
    1. YikesMama's Avatar
      YikesMama -
      Great idea. Something fun to do with the kiddo!
    1. Shellc1971's Avatar
      Shellc1971 -
      I can't wait to try this! I love fresh pineapple!
    1. jessand's Avatar
      jessand -
      i seen this idea on pinterest but a lot of posters had said that it took about 2 years before it actually produced fruit. Still a really neat idea and one i would like to try!
    1. DenBren's Avatar
      DenBren -
      Other plants can also be started from leftovers that you would normally throw away. I have successfully started several new celery plants by cutting the celery off a couple of inches above the base, leaving the white thicker bottom and where the root was cut off. Place this in a shallow tray of water, and watch your celery re-sprout from the center. Look for roots to form from the bottom, and plant into dirt. You could also skip the water part and plant directly into dirt, but make sure to keep the soil moist to encourage root growth. I haven't tried the Epsom salts, or dried tea with the water as described above, but will do so!
    1. sherry53's Avatar
      sherry53 -
      I have tried the celery many times with NO luck...wish I knew what I was doing wrong..maybe I'll try again...
    1. epona9992002's Avatar
      epona9992002 -
      I have a pineapple top sitting in a glass next to my sink right now! LOL Do you get more than 1 pineapple per plant?
    1. Dundin's Avatar
      Dundin -
      I've started pineapples in the past by cutting the top off. Then I peel the bottom leaves off until I have about an inch or two of the "trunk" and sticking it in a pot with my own garden mix (equal parts vermiculite, peat, and home-made compost).

      I've had some plants for 3-4 years, bringing them indoors during the cold months. I always assumed Illinois weather and shorter hours of sunlight prevented blooming and fruiting. It never occurred to me to try to "force" the blooming.

      Thank you for the idea.
    1. tcmcsmom's Avatar
      tcmcsmom -
      Just brought a pineapple and will be trying this
    1. Duane's Avatar
      Duane -
      Quote Originally Posted by epona9992002 View Post
      I have a pineapple top sitting in a glass next to my sink right now! LOL Do you get more than 1 pineapple per plant?
      First, Do not "cut" the pineapple top off, "twist" it out. Remove the bottom leaves until you have exposed all the short brown roots. I get less rotting if I put it in moist, light soil instead of water.
      Yes, one pineapple per plant. Want more pineapple? Grow more plants -- when you have removed the leaves as mentioned above, lay the pineapple top on its side on a cutting board and cut it exactly in half. Then cut each half in half. Then plant the four parts in moist light soil. Keep the soil moist -- not wet. each quarter will produce a pineapple plant.
      Pineapple want 70 - 90 degrees to thrive best. Lots of sun.
      Enjoy!
    1. MamaSmurf's Avatar
      MamaSmurf -
      I do remember trying to grow a pineapple top and I found the ponts of the leaves can be sharp. Had to be careful where I let the plants grow and kept away from the children.
    1. LLindsay's Avatar
      LLindsay -
      I have had a pineapple growing from a top I prepared as instructed above since last summer. They are slow growing so if you want instant pinapple's you will need to keep buying them for a while.
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