Yes, it can be done! If youâ€™ve tried to start seeds from store-bought produce before, you might have noticed the seedlings die shortly after germination. This is most likely due to large agribusiness modifying the seeds so they wonâ€™t germinate successfully to keep home gardeners from growing their crops. But this isnâ€™t true of pineapples if you choose wisely.
If you live in a warm region, you can grow your own pineapple plant indoors or outdoors, in a pot or in the ground. Even if you live in a cooler climate, you can grow this in a warm and sunny spot inside your home!
- Choose a pineapple with a golden hue and green crown on top of the plant. This indicates a mature and healthy fruit.
- Cut off the top of the plant one inch below the crown. Leave the crown to dry overnight.
- After the crown has dried overnight, remove the flesh surrounding the crown, being sure to leave a flat base. All you should have left now is the green leaves.
- Pull off a few of the outer leaves. When you do this, youâ€™ll notice a few â€œrootletsâ€ between the leaves.
- After culling the outer leaves, you should still have a good base crown. Plant the crown in gritty soil in a small pot. The base doesnâ€™t need to be planted too deeply into the soil. Just make sure you keep it in an area where it wonâ€™t be disturbed. Place the pot in filtered light in your home. Keep the crown watered regularly so the roots take.
- After you notice some growth, transfer the plant to a large container so the roots and plant can grow to its full potential.
- It may take a full year or longer for your pineapple plant to bear fruit. When it does, it will emerge as a purple-hued fruit. When it ripens, it will turn golden, indicating itâ€™s ready to be harvested and eaten.
Once youâ€™ve harvested your fruit, you can start the whole process over again. Sure, a year is a long wait just for one fruit, but itâ€™s a fun process, and the exotic fruit makes a great garden conversation piece!
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