You can grow your own pineapple plant from the top you just cut off that luscious fresh pineapple you plan to eat. Of course you need a pretty large space to grow a pineapple plant but it is a fun experiment.
GROWING YOUR OWN PINEAPPLE PLANT
Contrary to common thought, pineapples do not grow on trees and you can actually grow your own pineapple plant from the top of the fresh pineapple you just bought to eat. Pineapples are plants that grow close to the ground and grow to about three to five feet in height, some even larger. The best pineapple in the world is a nature ripened fruit that is fresh picked. The outside of the fruit is tough and really picky and rather sharp to the touch but inside is a delicious golden sweet fruit. I decided to try and grow my own. I don’t expect I’ll get much in the way of produce but I might get a pineapple or two. I’ll just have to wait and see.
You can grow your own pineapple plant from the top you just cut off that luscious fresh pineapple you plan to eat. To grow a pineapple plant you will need the top of a whole pineapple, a medium to large pot filled with potting soil that is slightly sandy, about 1/4 sand to 3/4 good rich potting soil, about half African Violet and half Cactus soil along with some sand mixed together well to grow it in. It needs good drainage so to prevent root rot. Cut the top off the pineapple and plant it.
Take a sharp kitchen knife and cut the top off your pineapple about one and a half to two inches below the base of the spiny leafs, just far enough to be able to give it a fair chance to root and take hold and so you can plant it without getting soil on the leaves planting at about one to one and a half inches deep. Be careful not to bruise or break the leaves. You get to eat and enjoy the rest of your pineapple.
Dig a hole in the potting soil large and deep enough to place the top of the pineapple to where the soil will cover just to the base of the leaves. Cover the base with the soil and pat down gently and be careful not to bury any of the leaf part beneath the soil. You only need to cover the part of the pineapple that the leaves are attached to. Water your plant and set it in a warm sunny spot where it gets about 8 hours of sunshine a day. The temperature should not get below 40 degrees. Do not over water your plant; just keep the soil slightly moist and don’t use too big a pot; you can repot later if you need to.