Growing a pineapple has been the best experience out of everything that I’ve grown so far. It pretty much takes care of itself other than watering and a little love. A year of gardening seems so amateur, right? But there is so much I have learned during this short space of time. Pineapple is actually one of the first plants I started off my garden with. Believe it or not, I’ve succeeded in my first attempt at growing one. I share many pictures and videos of my prized possession on my Instagram feed so you can tell I’m really happy about it. With all the love and tender care that’s showered all over it, it’s managed to bear fruit within just 15 months. I’m going to show you all some love and tell you what I did and how to grow a pineapple
With a little research before attempting to grow. I found that it would take 2 to 5 years to bear fruit. But low and behold, I have one already. Residing in Orlando Florida, zone 9b with a perfect climate to grow them outdoors, I’m lucky. So I’ve received so many questions from my Instagram followers on how to grow a pineapple. With that being said, I had to write a blog on it for you all. Step outside of your everyday comfort zones and tune into what the universe has to offer. Please share this information with those who would like this using the social media links on the left margin.
Here is what you need to get started with growing a pineapple:
Organic Compost ( you can get this when it’s time to plant it )
A Glass Jar (you can repurpose a candle glass or a jar that has a wide mouth)
*I use Alkaline water but that’s up to you. I heard somewhere that the minerals are extracted from distilled water so I wouldn’t use that unless I discover something different)
*Toothpicks ( You may or may not need any depending on the spread of top of your pineapple)
How to Grow a Pineapple Instructions
DO NOT cut the top off with a knife. If you do, you will spend a lot more time removing the excess fruit from the core. If any excess fruit remains it might rot and it might not grow. This is what worked for me.
1. Firmly grab the head of the pineapple leaves with one hand. Hold the pineapple fruit in with the other.
2. Twist and pull the top until it detaches from the fruit
3. Remove about 3 layers of the leaves from the lower stem in order to expose the roots that will sprout. About an inch of the flower stem should be showing near the bottom now.
4. The leaves can be pretty sharp so it’s best to cut the tops of the remaining leaves, they will just get dry anyway. The picture below is a visual of what it will look like without cutting the leaves down. You only need to cut about an inch from the top, it won’t hurt.
5. Fill your mason jar up halfway with the water.
6. Place the pineapple core into the water so that it’s not touching the bottom, it should suspend in the water. See the picture above.
7. If the jar mouth is too wide, you will need to use the toothpicks. Gently pierce the leaves with 3 toothpicks in a triangular formation. This way, each toothpick will be able to rest on the mouth of the jar. This will help suspend the stem in the water.
8. Place the jar in a window that gets lots of sunlight for the majority of the day. I placed mine in a window facing east so that it was greeted with the morning sun.
9. Change the water about every 3 days or when it starts to slightly discolor. TIP: When you change the water, don’t expose the roots too long.
10. Once the roots grow to at least finger length, they are ready to plant. Plant them in a mixture of potting soil and compost. I use 1/3 compost, and 2/3 potting soil ratio.
11. To plant it in the pot, create a hole where the pineapple will go.
12. Place the core into the hole up to where the remaining leaves start. Then firmly pat down the soil around it so that it stays firmly put. Check out the picture below to see what it should look like at this point. The plant to the right if you can’t tell..lol
13. Place the pot in a sunny location in the garden, where it will get at least 6 – 8 hours of sunlight.
Pineapples like a nice humid environment. They will be fine as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below 65 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 degrees Celcius. If it’s not very humid, you should keep the plant moist at all times.
If the temperature is reaching below 65 in your area at the time, just keep the plant indoors in a sunny location until it warms up a bit.
When you do place it outdoors, make sure to give it a mild fertilizer at least twice a week during the summer months. I didn’t have to go out and buy any because I used my compost to make compost tea. I think that’s what helped my pineapple grow so fast. I’ll be sure to fill you in on how to make the compost tea soon. You can take a peek and see how it’s done by following me on Instagram @GrowingIsKnowing.
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