What will you need?
– Somewhere warm
Growing your own pineapple plant is really easy, and if you’re patient you can eat your own homegrown pineapple!
Go to the (super)market and buy a fresh pineapple with nice green leaves. For now just forget about that delicious fruit and let’s focus on that green bit at the top; the crown. Well you’ve guessed it, this crown is the start of your very own pineapple plant! We’re going to root this crown just like we would any other cutting. Let’s get started!
Remove the crown from the pineapple by grabbing the crown and the fruit and firmly twist the crown off. That way you don’t have to manually cut away the fruit.
Cut away the bottom part of the crown with a knife as shown in the picture.
Remove the bottom leaves from the crown. Just like rooting any other cutting, fewer leaves means less evaporation. Sometimes you can already find some brown roots in-between the leaves. This means the crown is ready to become a real plant!
Now it’s time for the crown to dry out for at least one day, the cuts we’ve made have created a wound that needs to close before we plant. Otherwise the crown is prone to rot.
After drying the crown it’s time to plant it. Use a well draining soil, and water it well. Be carefull not to water directly in the crown itself, just water the soil.
Just like any other cutting it’s important to provide your new pineapple plant with lots of light (no direct sunlight) and warmth. If the plant is still green after two weeks it’s safe to assume roots have formed. If the plant is turning yellow or brown it is unfortunately dead. After about a month you can start feeding the plant, but be careful not to over-feed. The new roots are delicate and can easily be burned by the fertilizer and this can lead to an untimely death.
When the pineapple plant is established it’s an easy plant to care for. Just give it some light and water and it should do fine. Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings. After about two years of growth the plant is ready to flower, though it may take some more time depending on the location of your plant.