Have you ever heard of this neat little trick? You can purchase a pineapple from a grocery store, chop off the top, plant it, and grow another pineapple plant which will produce another pineapple.
Sound unrealistic? Well, we thought we would give it a try.
A lot of our homestead plantings are from open pollinated fruits and vegetables. However, we do have grafted fruit trees as well. So, it seems reasonable to also try this method of propagation.
For those of us who do not live where pineapples are grown for commercial sales, you might not know what a pineapple plant actually looks like. They are a relatively small plant, suitable for planting in the ground or in a large container.
Each plant produces a fruit, typically one at a time. The prickly sides of the pineapple are what are actually the flowers which will bloom if left alone. Each plant can produce more than 1 fruit, but again, typically it will only produce one at a time.
Because of this you can start a plant, harvest the fruit and start a new plant, etc, for as many as you would like to have.
Our area gets too cold over winter for our pineapple to be outside, so we will be growing it in a large container.
How to Grow Pineapple:
The process of turning your store bought pineapple into a potted plant in your home is pretty simple. Ours took a lot of time to get started, and we were surprised when it really started to work. However, it did, so be patient!
Twist the crown off of the pineapple. Peel off a few of the bottom leaves, about an inch worth – this is where the roots will form.
Set the pineapple top into a cup of water. We used a short glass, letting the leaves support the plant, but anything that will hold the plant so that the area were you removed a few leaves is underwater should work just fine.
Now, set your plant in a place that is not in direct sunlight, but is still well lit – and wait.
Check on your pineapple every few days to make sure the water level is still okay, and to see if any roots have started to form.
Once you have some good looking roots (ours were about 4″ long when we transplanted), plant your pineapple into soil.
Now that the roots are covered, bring into direct sunlight.
Quite frankly, we did not think this would work at all. Yes, the pineapple has sprouted roots and has been transplanted, but we still have to wait to see if it will produce a fruit. Even if it doesn’t, we’re pretty amazed it got this far.
It took a really long time for the roots to form – several weeks – but I am not sure exactly how long it took. This was very much an “on the side” experiment.
We used regular old tap water. Perhaps you would get quicker results if you had a hydroponic fertilization mix to help the roots get started.
Also of note: We have run across places where they just trim off the top inch of the fruit and plant it all directly into the soil. Since people claim success with this, we cannot tell you it will not work, but we were concerned about the fruit rotting and causing a problem for the plant. As such, we followed the more popular method of exposing the stem and forming new roots.
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