How to grow a pineapple plant from a pineapple fruit

I heard that you can simply grow a pineapple plant from the pineapple fruit bought at the grocery store. A few weeks ago, I gave it a go, following tutorials found on the internet. It was easily done in a few steps. Scroll down to see a step by step tutorial of how to grow a pineapple plant.

  1.  Buy a fresh, not overripe pineapple and bring it home.
  2. As soon as you possibly can grab the pineapple fruit with one hand and the bunch of leaves with the other and twist at the joint point until it snaps.
  3. place the pineapple fruit on the side, to eat later and using a sharp knife, cut about an inch at the bottom of the bunch of pineapple leaves
  4. now start peeling the lower layers of pineapple leaves, until you start seeing some incipient roots or seedlings. my kids said they look like worms and they’re right. Peel the leaves until you expose at least ten of those wormish looking growths. You’ve got a pineapple plant.
  5. Place the pineapple plant in a glass of water and change the water every other day
  6. In two weeks, you should have a pineapple plant with long white roots ready to be planted in a pot of compost.
  7. Plant the pineapple plant in a pot and place it in a sunny location. Keep it moist, water it daily. You might see that some of the leaves are dry at the tip. I chopped the dried tips off and the plant survived and thrived.
  8. As the pineapple plant grows, move it in bigger pots. If you live in a hot climate, you can even plant it outside in the garden.
  9. In about two years time, you should have a pineapple fruit growing at the top. Happy Ending and a new know how beginning

4 thoughts on “How to grow a pineapple plant from a pineapple fruit

  • Ally

    Good, that sounds encouraging. I planted some of my avocado seeds directly in compost pots and some are not showing any signs of life, some are separating and two of them have shoots almost 5 inches high. I will also try to suspend them over the water as you say, see how that works. I like to watch things grow yes.

  • abraalani

    I have one that was about a year old, and two feet tall when I stupidly left it outside, where it got cold and killed off the stem. I thought I had lost the whole plant, but about 3 months later, (after bringing the plant back inside, and wrapping it in towels for warmth) another shoot popped out, and now the new one is nearly as tall as the old one was.
    The second one is still in the ‘suspended over water with paper clips’ phase, but after about two months it’s about three or four inches tall. I plan to plant it soon.

    Has your seed started to separate, with a mucus-y goo in the middle?

    They are so neat to watch grow, I have to restrain myself not to plant every seed I cut out of my avocados! haha

  • Ally

    Yep, I love growing things and recently, after 6 weeks of waiting, my avocado seed is showing signs of growth. fingers crossed, I hope to see it shoot out soon. How long did your avocado plants take to grow?

  • abraalani

    This is awesome. I currently have two avocado plants growing (no fruit yet, not expecting it for many years) and I love the idea of having a pineapple plant too. I’m putting ‘pineapple’ on my shopping list!

    Your photos and instructions are great! Thanks for sharing!

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