6 Steps to Grow Your Own Pineapple

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Would you like to grow a pineapple in your backyard? Follow these six steps to grow your tropical treat.

Pineapple - sclarke86

1. Pick the right pineapple. Local is best, but a healthy, store-bought fruit will work in a pinch. Make sure there is no mold anywhere, and that the center leaves are alive and healthy.

Centered pineapple
2. Twist (don’t cut) the top off. This technique leaves no excess fruit to rot in the dirt, and gives you easier access to the roots already in there.

Pineapple - twist
3. Pull off the lower leaves. You will find roots under there! Keep pulling until you see no more.

Pineapple - post twist
4. Trim your big outer leaves to ensure most of your pineapple’s energies go toward root production, instead of maintaining the leaves.
5. Place in a small jar of water, and put in your sunniest window. Depending on the sun exposure, it may take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to get a nice enough root net to plant. Be patient, though. If you plant too early, your plant may not establish, and you’ll need to start over.

Pineapple - wate
6. Plant that baby! Mine did well enough in a big pot, but the ground will work as long as it has ALOT of Sun.

In a couple of years, you’ll have a pineapple growing! Harvest and enjoy. And feel free to start again!