Before I rooted my first pineapple plant I had read several tutorials online about how to go about growing a pineapple plant from your average, store-bought pineapple. After several trials and errors (and a few pineapples later) I was finally able to root a pineapple top for planting. I am now adding my tutorial among the list of other pineapple growers online because I want to include some tips and instructions that would have helped me out the first time around.
First, buy a pineapple but make sure it is a nice GREEN, UNRIPE pineapple that has a nice green, healthy looking top (not a lot of brown, dried tips):
TWIST the top off of the pineapple. The goal is to have as little flesh on the leaf part of the pineapple as possible. Twisting the top off allows for less flesh as opposed to cutting the top off:
NOTE: You can still let your very unripe pineapple ripen. I put it in the refrigerator until it looks a little less green and then cut it up to eat.
Peel off the first layer of leaves from the bottom (the small, slightly brown looking ones) and thinly slice the knob of pineapple flesh off of the top with a sharp knife:
Peel off a couple more layers of the smaller leaves until you start to see some of the dried roots appear:
Thinly slice a little more with a knife until you start to see little dots of roots along the outer edge of your pineapple top:
Now, place your pineapple top in a glass of water so that just the very bottom is under the water and place it in a sunny window:
As the pineapple sits in the water, keep checking on it here and there to see if the roots are starting to sprout. I found that I had to peel back a couple more layers of pineapple leaves as they were getting a little water logged. Add water as needed. After a few weeks, you should see some roots:
Once you have a good amount of established roots, plant your pineapple in a pot of soil, place it in a sunny window and water as needed. I water mine about once a week or when the soil seems to start to dry out. Pour the water in the middle of the leaves and let it trickle down into the soil.
…and finally, if all went well, your pineapple leaves will start to grow!
I have not yet seen a pineapple grow from my pineapple plant. I have read it takes a few years to bear fruit and that is IF the plants gets enough sunlight. Don’t expect an epic size pineapple though! The plants that I have seen produce fruit where a fraction of the size of your store-bought pineapple.
Look at the fruit part as an extra bonus if your plant has fruit! In the meantime, you have made the most of your grocery store produce and grew a beautiful house plant from your pineapple!