Regrow Your Pineapple!

Have you noticed a theme yet? We LOVE regrowing our produce whenever possible. And considering how many fruits and veggies regrow so easily, there are a lot of possibilities!

Regrowing a pineapple is pretty effortless, but certainly doesn’t happen overnight. You can see a few tiny roots start to develop in a few days, but you’ll need to grow the pineapple top in water for at least 2 weeks to allow some real root development before planting.

Another tip is to use a fresh pineapple. Older pineapples, or very ripe pineapples, seem to take a bit longer to root. The fresher the leaves on top, the better chances you’ll have at a quick rooting.

There are two ways to start off: either in water, or directly in soil. We’ll go over both ways, but they both begin with the same steps:

Rip off the top

Wearing a gardening glove, grab the leaves from the base of the frond, right above where it attaches to the fruit.

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Holding the frond securely, rock the fruit back and forth to loosen the top from the fruit until it detaches.

It should look like this:

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With a sharp, clean knife, cut the base of the frond so it’s level, like I did with this one:

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Next, with your hands, remove the bottom few layers of leaves, as pictured above.

Then, with a clean pair of scissors, cut the ends of the fronds, as pictured below:

IN-WATER INSTRUCTIONS:

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Place the pineapple top in a glass and fill with enough water to cover the yellow part of the pineapple, but allow the green fronds to stay above the water. This will help prevent rot.

After 2-3 weeks, roots will begin to develop. At this stage, you are ready to plant.

Planting:

  1. Choose a spot that gets 6+ hours of bright, indirect sunlight, plant the top in moist, light soil.
  2. Plant the pineapple top in soil up to the base of the frond.
  3. Keep the soil slightly moist for the first 6-8 weeks until the roots establish. I generally will just mist the surface so that the plant doesn’t rot.

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Direct Soil Instructions:

You can also skip the water step and plant the top directly into moist, light soil. Personally, I have had more success with the water method, but some people swear by the direct soil method. Here are a few tips:

  1.  Allow the  pineapple top to dry out for a few days, this will help reduce the chances of mold forming on the base.
  2. Choose a spot that gets 6+ hours of bright, indirect sunlight and plant the pineapple top in soil up to the base of the frond.
  3. Keep the soil slightly moist for the first 6-8 weeks until the roots establish. I generally will just mist the surface so that the plant doesn’t rot.

Can you grow a pineapple in a pot?

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Absolutely!

Once your pineapple top has firmly rooted (which you can test by gently tugging on it to see if it feels attached to the soil or still removes easily), it will begin to grow fresh, new leaves! Now you can repot the pineapple in a 10-to 12-inch pot. Just make sure to use a rich, fast-draining potting mix. Some sites recommend cactus potting mix — or a mixture of peat, sand and perlite.

As the pineapple grows, you might want to consider larger pots, sometimes upwards 3 to 7 gallons. The larger the container, the greater the chance you’ll end up with a large plant and fruit as small containers restrict the size of the plant and fruit.

Always use a light, fast-draining potting soil mix and fill the container to within an inch or so of the top. Lightly saturate the soil with water before planting the plant (water should be seen draining from the drainage holes). Plant the pineapple in the center of the container and water in the plant well. Place the container in full sun for best growth. When the plant flowers and fruits, tie the stalk to a stake to prevent it from falling over. See the section on care of pineapple plants for further information.

Do I need to fertilize it?

Ideally, yes. But not for over a year, almost two years.  And only very lightly. I mix in a small amount of compost into the topsoil. After about a year and a half of growth, I will add about a cup of compost every two months.

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