Did you know you can grow a pineapple from the top (or crown) of the pineapple you bought from the store. It’s easier than opening up a tin of fruit salad, and the good news about growing a pineapple from the top is it doesn’t need much care.
Planting a pineapple top
So, you’ve already got a pineapple and want to know how to grow another one from the top. It’s a few easy steps to growing your pineapple plant.
Step 1 First, you cut off the crown. “If you use tops make sure you remove all the fruit flesh. The stem that is left needs to be bare, dry and clean.”
Step 2 What some people do next is put them in water to ‘root’, but, “In the case of pineapple tops it’s actually better to let it cure or dry for a day or two before planting.”
Step 3 Remove all the bottom leaves and any dead leaves.
Step 4 Fill a pot with soil.
Step 5 Make a hole big enough for the pineapple top and plant it.
Step 6 “They don’t need much water,.” They have very tough leaves so they don’t lose much water through evaporation. They can get by on very little.”
Step 7 once you plant your pineapple it will take some time to grow so patience
Ideal growing conditions
Pineapples grow in the ground but will also flourish in a pot. Taking care of your pineapple plant at home is easy. Pineapples grow slowly and only need watering about once a week.
As long as you plant your pineapple top in good soil and position it in a spot with good sunshine, you’ll see the rewards of your effort in just 15-18 months. (Yes it can take a while, As a general rule, it will take anywhere from 16 to 24 months to begin seeing fruits. If you live outside a tropical area or plan on growing your pineapple indoors, it can take longer. The long duration in which for them to grow is because it takes 200 flowers to develop into one fruit. That means every segment you see on the skin of a pineapple was once a flower. It then formed into a berry which then coalesced with other berries from the flowers on the same stalk to form the pineapple you see.