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Pineapples are wonderful fruit. Not only are they delicious, but they are also very easy to grow. All you really need to start growing your own pineapple farm is a pineapple and some dirt (and a pot if you live in a colder climate).
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Step 1: Obtain a Pineapple...

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Go to wherever you like buying fruit from, whether it be a supermarket, farmers market, or from a guy selling fruit on the side of the road. Buy a nice looking pineapple. Make sure it's nice and ripe. Take the fruit home, and move on to the next step...

Step 2: Cut and Eat...

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Take your pineapple home with you. Rinse the fruit off, then place it on it's side on a cutting board. Take a knife and cut off the leafy top part of the pineapple, along with an inch or two of the pineapple's meat. Set this aside while you proceed to eat the rest of the pineapple

Step 3: Figure Out Where to Plant Pineapple...

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Your leftover pineapple top from the previous step is all you need to grow a pineapple. A pineapple is a fruit, so therefore it can produce seeds, but from what I understand seeds are rare in domesticated pineapples. I've personally never gotten any seeds in any of my store bought or home grown pineapples. Because of the lack of an overflowing supply of seeds, using the cutting from the top of an eaten pineapple is the ideal way to go.

For the planting itself, I have found that putting the pineapple top directly into the ground works best. There are other techniques to planting pineapples, such as trimming all of the remaining fruit away leaving just the base of the leaves, then letting the top dry out for a few days, then putting the pineapple top in a glass of water until roots start growing, then finally planting the pineapple top into the ground. I have experimented with these extra steps and haven't had too much luck. Trimming all of the fruit away just seems to kill the pineapple plant, even before it is planted. Root sprouting in water resulted in some very moldy pineapple plants, which ended up no surviving. So with all of these extra steps that you could try, sticking the pineapple top directly into the ground seems to work best.

If you live in a warmer climate, you can plant your pineapple directly into the ground. Where I live, there is an occasional frost each winter, but that's about the worst of the cold weather. My pineapple plants handle that just fine. If your winter weather is any worse than the occasional freeze, plant your pineapple in a pot where you can take it inside.

When you pick out a spot (or pot) for your pineapple, make sure it has room. The plants grow to about five feet across and get spiny leaves, so take that into consideration when deciding where you plant your pineapple.

Step 4: Plant Your Pineapple

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Once you have decided where to plant your pineapple, dig a hole in the dirt. The hole only needs to be deep enough to cover the fruit still attached to the pineapple's leaves. Place the pineapple in the hole, and cover with dirt, leaving the pineapple leaves exposed above ground.

If you're planting in a pot rather than the ground, the same applies with the only difference being that your dirt is contained within the pots walls.

Step 5: Water and Forget...

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Once your pineapple is in the dirt, water the plant.

If you are growing your pineapple in the ground, you can basically forget about it for a while. Pineapples are very much maintenance free plants. After the initial plantings, I never go out of my way to purposely water my pineapple plants. It can't hurt if you do water your pineapple plants more often than when it rains, but the plants definitely won't die if you forget to water them every few days. My plants have lived several years with this let-them-be attitude and are now on the third season of the plants producing fruit.

If you are growing your pineapple in a pot where you bring the plant inside during colder weather, I would definitely water the pineapple more often.

Step 6: Wait...

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Pineapple plants grow slowly. After about a year, you will definitely notice the growth in your plants. It took somewhere between 2-3 years for my plants to start producing fruit.

The fruit will start forming in the center of the pineapple plant. It starts out looking like a large bright red and yellow flower. The flower eventually transforms into the normal looking pineapple fruit that everyone is familiar with.

While you're waiting for the plant to produce a fruit, be on the lookout for animals living among the pineapple leaves. It seems tree frogs seem to enjoy resting among the plants...

Step 7: Harvest

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Let your pineapples get ripe on the plant. They taste better that way, rather than the store bought pineapples that get ripe on the shelves. When the outside skin of the pineapple starts changing from brown to yellow, go outside with a saw and cut through the stalk supporting the pineapple. In this process of waiting for the opportune moment to pick your pineapple, be careful of the neighborhood squirrels. They also enjoy nice ripe pineapples, so if you don't beat them too it, you may go outside one morning and find your pineapple half devoured.

Take the pineapple inside and enjoy eating your home grown fruit. Enjoy it, and save the top so when you're finished you can make your pineapple plants multiply...
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It is either a bromeliad or a pineapple plant...they sort of look alike, but one produces a pineapple, the other a flower... Hope it is a pineapple plant...

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jordand54 days ago

Y'all should go the next level with it, you can online order white organic pineapple from Kauai, bada boom bada bing, grow that one. Mean da white one.

MekaA28 days ago
Can someone tell me what I have going here?

It looks more like an agave plant or a relative of the aloe. Either that or it is a plant, I can't remember its name but I have so many of them in my garden, it starts with B. Sorry brain not working well today

I think it's a pineapple (guessing from the article's title 'How to Grow Pineapples'). Then again I failed out of college.

AmberP324 days ago
On a pineapple tour of the Dole Plantation here in Hawaii, they said once a pineapple is harvested it doesn't get any more ripe. Also, the color of the pineapple doesn't determine ripeness either.
victron19871 month ago
Any1 have any luck with these in the UK?

Hi Victron

I started mine 2 years ago and it has given a fruit. I live in Surrey.

We have had one growing since December 2014. We are in Australia Central NSW Coast and it is doing well. We have been covering it during winter nights. Its doing well.

MekaA28 days ago
I started this one Feb 2015
MarandaT1 month ago
BertR11 month ago
emmielou081 month ago

i have two beautiful plants that I have had for two years, outside in the summer and inside in the winter Texas gets cold but I have not seen any signs of a blossom is there something else that I need to do?

LLLJR made it!3 months ago

I have a plant that I have been growing for several years. It now has 4 fruits on it. Actually there are several plants in the pot. One of the fruits has several small shoots at the bottom that look like small pineapples. Anyone know what this is?

beamerpook LLLJR2 months ago

The small shoots are probably what's called "pups". Many plants from the pineapple family of Bromeliads have those, and they are volunteer clones. You should be able to separate those, plant them, and get whole new pineapple plants! Congrats and good luck!

Is a lot of direct sun too much for pineapples? I have 2 in pots and was told they like a lot of sun. But one of them the leaves have white streaks like plants get from sunburn. I am just trying to figure if it is too much sun or something wrong with my plant. Both of my plants are in the same area that gets sun all day one looks great. Thanks for any ideas.

LiLMaMa919773 months ago
I so happy that my pineapple is starting to come in. Can't wait to see how delicious it will be. My first homegrown pineapple
LLLJR3 months ago
MEdwords made it!3 months ago

In early 2014 I purchased a small pineapple from a local grocery store. I cut off the green top and put it in a planter with fresh potting soil. It began growing new leaves right away. During the cold weather I kept the planter in a sunny window of my house. When the weather warmed up I placed it outside on my deck. I did not bring the planter back in until early fall. The plant produced a small bud last month. And in the space of 6 weeks it has grown into a miniature pineapple.

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kvettegirl883 months ago

My Aunt and Uncle live in Canada and they grew Pinapples so it can be done anywhere :)

Chennnag0024 months ago

How do you plant a pineapple indoors

Chennnag0024 months ago
rosygurl.vj4 months ago

wow... cant wait to get started. thanks for the information... I have a friend who has a pineapple plant and it is beautiful. I hope to have as much success as her, and yourself.

I have several growing in pots inside my house as I live in Georgia and I don't set them outside until April when it's warm enough for them. I started mine by twisting off the meat and peeling back the bottom leaves and then shoving down into soil. they started just fine within a few weeks began to grow. So I've had one for over two years now but I have never seen it produce a Pineapple. So, I will try the adding of a cut apple to the center to force it. but I am curious do the Hawaiians have to replant their Pineapples after every second fruit? I've seen those Pineapple fields, how is this possible?

I live in southeast AZ and have a lot of growing time. So, I got a little pocket book some years ago that showed how you can grow "free" plants. The pineapple directions said, when the pineapple plant is at least 2 ft tall, and if you put an apple with it, and enclose it in plastic, the gas created by the apple can cause the growth of the fruit. I goofed and hacked my plant with my weedeater one day and....... bye-bye plant. :( My question is: if I manage to get the plant to produce a fruit, is that the only one it will produce, or will the same plant grow more than one pineapple?

some people are saying it will produce a second time but not a third. I grew one and it fruited this year. Will keep the plant in the ground and see if it does again. In the meanwhile, I will plant the fruit i just got and start another.

Wouldn't hurt in case it doesn't fruit again


lumos20003 years ago
i grew pineapples once in brazil, i rubbed some rooting hormone one the base befour planting. i havent had any luck in the uk yet though

i have in a greenhouse last year still growing in front room window had to put the pineapple top under a clear plastic tub (doubles the heat) potted it when the root grew did this last year mid summer had couple of weeks of heat helped brought it indoors for winter but yeah can grow in uk started to grow a second head dont know why always thought they grew one head

I tried to grow one once...and the damned armadillos took it away in the middle of the night!

I live in Mississippi and the opossum took the same plant twice so I just gave up and pot planted and bring them inside at night.

spaktashabit12 months ago
After you pick the pineapple does it grow another one? Or does it just die and you need to plans another?
autumn11 year ago

A friend of mine gave me two pineapple tops. She put them in dark plastic bags and put them in the refrigerator. They were probably in there for two days. Anyway I brought them home and put them on the counter. I forgot about them for a day or two. When I realized this I just knew they were goners. I put them in the fridge anyway and forgot about them again. When I found your instructions I decided to give it a try. There wasn't any flesh left on them. So I started pulling off the leaves. I immediately saw roots that had already started growing. So I just put toothpicks in them and set them in a jar of water. I'll just have to wait and see what happens. I was just wondering if keeping them in the plastic bags kept them moist and that is why they started rooting on their own.

And thank you for your instructions.

hedgesci3 years ago
i usally wait until my second year of growth before i force my plant to produce fruit. to force it to produce fruit, you slice up an apple(red apples), then place the slices near the center where the fruit will bloom.the apples give off a gass when deteriating, that forces it to bloom and produce fruit.
that is so cool to know!
Shannamez1 year ago

I live in western Massachusetts & we have had one of the coldest winters ever this year. I planted a pineapple top a few years ago, just to see what would happen. I keep it in a sunny window spot that does get chilly in the winter months. Much to my surprise, after a few years, my window project is growing a pineapple.

desertrock2 years ago
I'm from Dickinson, Texas and I have been growing a pineapple plant. It pretty neat idea this has been a successful story.
CrayfishYAY4 years ago
I live in Alabama, a little north of Birmingham. Is it warm enough for pineapples? I really want to grow some!
I'm in the Huntsville area and i've grown them in pots before and my grandmother has grown them in a hot house but they wont survive over winter outside.
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