Growing a pineapple

by Natasha Starkell | 02.09.2013 | house plant , pineapple , fruit | 0 comments | Rating: 1 votes

Growing a pineapple

Growing a pineapple

If you want an interesting ongoing project then why not plant a pineapple! It's definitely going to require patience as it can take years for you to get fruit, but a pineapple makes an interesting and unusual house plant anyway, the fruit is just a bonus!

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If you want an interesting ongoing project then why not plant a pineapple! It's definitely going to require patience as it can take years for you to get fruit, but a pineapple makes an interesting and unusual house plant anyway, the fruit is just a bonus!

To grow a pineapple plant of your own, first you need to take a top off a pineapple. Don't worry you can eat the rest of it, it's just the crown we need. Pick a pineapple that's golden brown with green leaves and not overripe. Slice off the top with a sharp knife and remove and fruit from this top as it could rot. Next leave it upside down for the cut end to dry up. This should take about a week. The next step is to place it cut side down in a glass of water. Change the water every few days and eventually roots will start to grow. Now is the time to plant it in soil. A six inch pot should do the job nicely. Put it in a spot that will be warm and humid and keep the soil moist. Water it lightly once a week.

If you're lucky, eventually you will see a red cone shaped flower growing in the centre. It could take several years, but this is an exciting development as this means that a fruit should then develop from the flower, growing upwards in the centre of the foliage.

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