6 Steps to Grow Your Own Pineapple

6 Steps to Grow Your Own Pineapple

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Would you like to grow a pineapple in your backyard? Follow these six steps to grow your tropical treat.

Pineapple - sclarke86

1. Pick the right pineapple. Local is best, but a healthy, store-bought fruit will work in a pinch. Make sure there is no mold anywhere, and that the center leaves are alive and healthy.

Centered pineapple
2. Twist (don’t cut) the top off. This technique leaves no excess fruit to rot in the dirt, and gives you easier access to the roots already in there.

Pineapple - twist
3. Pull off the lower leaves. You will find roots under there! Keep pulling until you see no more.

Pineapple - post twist
4. Trim your big outer leaves to ensure most of your pineapple’s energies go toward root production, instead of maintaining the leaves.
5. Place in a small jar of water, and put in your sunniest window. Depending on the sun exposure, it may take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to get a nice enough root net to plant. Be patient, though. If you plant too early, your plant may not establish, and you’ll need to start over.

Pineapple - wate
6. Plant that baby! Mine did well enough in a big pot, but the ground will work as long as it has ALOT of Sun.

In a couple of years, you’ll have a pineapple growing! Harvest and enjoy. And feel free to start again!




15 thoughts on “6 Steps to Grow Your Own Pineapple

  1. I have heard to put sand in with the soil. I tried to grow a pineapple plant several years ago and it died. I was told if I had mixed in sand that it probably would have made it.

  2. What temperatures should I try to keep it at? The area I live in is not exactly tropical, so I suspect outdoor growing is gonna be a non-starter, but I can easily enough provide it with a warmer enclosure if I know how much warmer to make it.

  3. I”ve got one rooting as we speak and will pot it in a couple weeks!!! But how much cold can it tolerate in the winter if I want to plant it in the ground?? I live in Greenville, SC….Zone 7 I believe.

    1. No freezes, that will kill your plant. If you do put it in the ground and cold weather approaches, by sure to mulch heavily to protect the roots, and cover your plant with a blanket until the freezing weather subsides.

    1. Yes, and no. One per plant, but a really healthy plant will produce a side runner after the initial fruiting, which may produce multiple fruit.

  4. Hi I just saw this article. I cut my top and put in a pot. I will buy again and put in water first. I will leave the ones I put straight in the pot to see if they grow. It’s been a month since I put in the pot. I was wondering if I took out of my garden pot and try to put in a jar than replant again. Any suggestions

    1. I would leave your potted plant alone and just try rooting a different one. If your potted one has rooted,pulling it up will disturb the roots. If it hasn’t rooted, it’s probably rotten.

  5. I live in South Texas, hot and humid. Mine have fruited multiple times. Depending on where you are in Texas, you’re probably ok. Your pineapple needs as close to tropical as you can get.

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