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How to Grow Pineapples

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

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.
 
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desertrock1 year ago
I'm from Dickinson, Texas and I have been growing a pineapple plant. It pretty neat idea this has been a successful story.
bbaril2 years ago
It is soo true about the extra steps. I tried with no success to grow a pineapple that way. I just put the top in a pot this time and it got happy. I will try next time to leave a little of the meat on. I am so glad someone else has the same opinion
jeff-o6 years ago
Shame I live in Canada. I'd fill my backyard with pineapple plants if possible!
Plant Pot!
amb1125 years ago
I have found many seeds in the pineapples I buy. I have actually grow little seedlings by putting them in a baggie with some wet paper towel in the window
phip6 years ago
I wanted to point out that pineapples are actually bromeliads, and so do not ever have seeds. The reproduce using "pups" from their base, exactly what you are doing here. Once a pineapple plant flowers and grows a fruit, that plant will never produce fruit again. The fruit sprout around them though. Much like bananas in this way.
pineapples do have seeds, i have seen them from time to time. i usually find them on larger pineapples about 1/4 to 1/2" in from the outside.