Saturday, November 12, 2016

DIY: Grow your own Pineapple plant

So about 3.5 years ago I was wondering if I could make a new pineapple plant from the top of a pineapple I had bought at the grocery store.  The answer, it turns out, was Yes.  It actually wasn't very hard, and now I have an enormous pineapple plant in the apartment.

I will note that my Pineapple has yet to flower and produce a new pineapple, but as I live pretty far north and do not really go out of my way to get it enough light I am not too surprised.  Mostly my pineapple plant just hangs out as an enormous bromeliad.

What you will need:
A pineapple
A glass of water
A pot of soil
2 years (or more)

Step 1: Buy a pineapple.  Make sure the leaves on top are green.  I've never seen a pineapple that didn't look like the leaves looked at least moderately healthy, but I assume it's possible.

Step 2: Cut the pineapple's top off.  Cut right where the leaves exit the fruit, or a bit lower.  

Step 3:  Take the top and slowly cut thin layers off until you see root nubs.

Step 4: Once you see the root nubs, start removing leaves from the base.  I removed about an inch of leaves total.

Step 5: Now that your pineapple top is ready, let it dry for 24 hours.  This is to prevent rot.  I cannot actually remember if I did this step (it's been 3.5 years), but it's what you are supposed to do.

Step 6: Place the top into a glass of water so the root nubs are submerged but the leaves are above the water. Put the glass somewhere it will receive light for the next 1-2 weeks.

Step 7: Watch the roots slowly grow.  It took about a week or so for the roots to grow to be an inch long.

Step 8:  Once the roots are an inch or so long, take the top out of the water and Very Gently plant in soil.  I just used the random garden soil I had lying around.

Step 9:  Place in a southern facing window and water regularly, but don't keep it soaked.  If in doubt the pineapple will do better with a little less water than too much.

Step 10: Slowly give up more and more of your house or apartment space to the monster you have created.  Mine is currently 4 feet across and harassing all the other house plants on its shelf.

In theory a pineapple can start to flower and bear fruit after ~2 years,  That has not been the case for me and I believe it is due to sub-par lighting, but it is still very much alive and kicking, so I have my fingers crossed that one day I may yet get a second pineapple from my original purchase.

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