Growing a Pineapple from Store-bought Frui

Filed in Gather Home & Garden Essential by on July 12, 2011 0 Comments

Yes, it can be done! If you’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 won’t germinate successfully to keep home gardeners from growing their crops. But this isn’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!

  1. Choose a pineapple with a golden hue and green crown on top of the plant. This indicates a mature and healthy fruit.
  2. Cut off the top of the plant one inch below the crown. Leave the crown to dry overnight.
  3. 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.
  4. Pull off a few of the outer leaves. When you do this, you’ll notice a few “rootlets” between the leaves.
  5. 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 doesn’t need to be planted too deeply into the soil. Just make sure you keep it in an area where it won’t be disturbed. Place the pot in filtered light in your home. Keep the crown watered regularly so the roots take.
  6. After you notice some growth, transfer the plant to a large container so the roots and plant can grow to its full potential.
  7. 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 it’s ready to be harvested and eaten.

Once you’ve harvested your fruit, you can start the whole process over again. Sure, a year is a long wait just for one fruit, but it’s a fun process, and the exotic fruit makes a great garden conversation piece!

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