How to: Grow a Pineapple at Home
If you’re curious to know how to grow a pineapple at home, then keep reading! It’s so easy and fun! All you need is the top of the pineapple, a jar of water, and a flower pot.
Why grow a pineapple at home?
We assure you this technique is simply amazing. The first step is to keep the leftover top of each pineapple you buy. Aside from the fact that you now don’t have to throw the rest of your pineapple tops away, it’s a great learning experience for the kids. All you need is a jar of water, a flower pot, and a lot of patience in watching it grow.
Pineapples are one of the most healthy and beneficial fruits out there. It is a natural diuretic and helps eliminate toxins, preventing consipation because of its fiber content. As if that wasn’t enough, it also helps speed up your metabolism and burn fat. It contains potassium, folic acid, Vitamins C, B1, B6, and aids in digestion, along with helping eliminate possible intestinal parasites. It’s fantastic, right?
It can be included in incredible pastry recipes and make great juices to help start your day off with energy. So, here’s how you grow a pineapple at home.
How to grow a pineapple at home
The first thing we’ll need to do is pick a good pineapple for our experiment. It needs to be a ripe pineapple, that’s not too soft and that has green leaves at the crown. Never pick brown or dark pineapples, only the healthy looking green ones. If you can, try to get the organic ones that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.
Check that the thorns also aren’t gray or dark in color and that there are no bugs on it. It should look overall like a good, attractive fruit.
The first thing we do is to pop off the crown, leaves included, from the top of the pineapple. It is better to do this by hand than with a knife, as it will ensure more natural roots.
Great, now the next thing we’ll do is take off the remaining pulp off the crown. This part of the pineapple is the area where the new fruit will grow, so you will need to clean it well so the new roots can emerge. You also need to wipe this part off. Note in the above photo, the small roots that are currently present in the pineapple.
The second step is essential, which is maintaining the crowns of the pineapple. Look for a jar of ample size to accommodate the leaves of the plant. They will need to remain in the jar for at least 3 weeks, while the roots emerge little by little. It’s important that you change the water every day, and that you keep the plant in a place with warm temperatures.
Okay, our plant now has roots, which is the most important part. Now comes an essential step, transferring it to a pot. Make sure the pot is not plastic, always use clay. As a base, place gravel at the bottom to ensure proper drainage.
Use normal potting soil; it doesn’t require a lot of special care. It does need to be in a humid climate, but the soil doesn’t need to be very moist nor the plant drenched with water all the time. Plant the crown in the soil in a sunny area, but not with excessive sunlight.
You will need to have patience. Pineapples take 6-8 weeks to grow strong roots; at 2 months the roots will have the best consistency. You will only need to water it twice per week. Don’t worry if the leaves fall off, it is normal and they will replace themselves naturally. They will grow faster in the hottest months and slow down during cooler months. They will not grow in winter. Although it will take at least one year for the fruit to appear, it’s well worth it!