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The Ananas comosus (pineapple) is a bromeliaceae from the Central and South America known for his delicious infructescense. The name Ananas, come from náná náná which means "the perfume of perfume" in a native language of Brazil. The duplication this plant is really easy.

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Step 3: Prepare the head

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Delicately detach the contour of the remaining edible part. Discard this part.

Step 5: Potting

Take your pot and fill it with soil. I used for my pot a can of maple syrup which I punched draining holes in the bottom. Place the stem in the pot filled with the soil and compress the soil around the stem firmly just enough to keep it snug in place. Keep the soil damp and well drained. Too much water will cause rot and decrease chance of success.

Step 6: Watch it grow and enjoy!

At the first weeks, the tips of the leaves will turn brown, because the roots are not fully grown yet to dispatch water in the plant sufficiently, and it's normal, as long as the middle part is green and healthy. Be patient and don't give up, the first tries may fail, but once the plant has a good start, it lasts few years!

P.S.: In the future, I'll make an instructable about how to make a fruit of it.

kmoore546 months ago
I've grown several pineapples this way and Gabeuse is correct in stressing the patience part. I've literally had the plants sit completely dormant for months and months till summer rolls around and I place them outside. Even in relatively scorching heat (Oklahoma summers) they come alive and the plant will grow like crazy.

As long as the center stays green and you continue to water proper, the plant will eventually take off, leaf wise, fruit production comes much later.

Patience, lol.
Kkrattiger11 months ago
How big will it get in a year, 2 years, etc.? Will you have to re-pot?
Gabeuse (author)  Kkrattiger11 months ago

Yes I will have to repot (surely this summer), it will surely help his growth, perhaps, it's fascinating how it resists root compaction, maybe a trait from the bromeliaceae family which a lot of the species are epiphytes (hypothetic)

Misac-kun11 months ago

We call it Abacaxi down here on Brazil, but I didn't know that the scientific name came from here too.

Gabeuse (author)  Misac-kun11 months ago

In french, we call it "ananas", not so original from the scientific name :)

Vermanen11 months ago

And did you grow a new Ananas out of it?

Gabeuse (author)  Vermanen11 months ago

Not yet, because my plant is still juvenile, when it will be bigger, I'll make the try and the instructable about fruiting it. Where I live, I cannot have a pineapple plant outside all year long.. Our summer last only 5 months, and the ananas is fragile to temperature below 10'C, so I keep it warm inside, with a few natural and artificial light, almost like a bonsai :)