Here is How to Grow Pineapple at Home in Few Simple Steps!
Do you know that it’s easy to grow pineapple at home? keep reading if you want to find out how to do it. It’s very easy and fun! All you need is a jar of water, the top of the pineapple and a flower pot. And of course and a lot of patience because it takes time to grow.
Pineapples are one of the most healthy and beneficial fruits out there. It is a natural diuretic and helps eliminate toxins, preventing consipation because of its fiber content. As if that wasn’t enough, it also helps speed up your metabolism and burn fat. It contains folic acid,potassium, Vitamins C, B6, B1. It helps in digestion process and also eliminates possible intestinal parasites. It’s great, right?
You can include it in amazing pastry recipes and make juices to help start your day off with a lot of energy. So, here’s how you grow pineapple at home.
How to grow pineapple at home?
The first step is to keep the leftover top of each pineapple you buy. Aside from the fact that you now don’t have to throw the rest of your pineapple tops away, it’s a great learning experience for the kids. Very important step for this “grow pineapple recipe” is pick a good pineapple. It needs to be a ripe pineapple, that’s not too soft and that has green leaves at the crown. Never pick brown or dark pineapples, only the healthy looking green ones. If you can, try to get the organic ones that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.
Check that the thorns also aren’t gray or dark in color and that there are no bugs on it. It should look overall like a good, attractive fruit.
The very first thing we do is to pop off the crown, with leaves included, from the top of the pineapple. It is better to do it by hand than with a knife because it will ensure more natural roots.
Great, now the next thing we’ll do is take off the remaining pulp off the crown. This part of the pineapple is actually the area where the new fruit will grow, so you will need to clean it well so the new roots can emerge. You also need to wipe this part off. Note in the above photo, the small roots that are currently present in the pineapple.
The second step is essential, which is maintaining the crowns of the pineapple. Look for a jar of ample size to accommodate the leaves of the plant. They will need to remain in the jar for at least 3 weeks, while the roots emerge little by little. It’s important that you change the water every day, and that you keep the plant in a place with warm temperatures.
Now our plant has roots, which is the most important step. Now comes an essential step as well and that is transferring it to a pot. Make sure the pot is not plastic, always use clay. As a base, place gravel at the bottom to ensure proper drainage.
Use normal potting soil; it doesn’t require a lot of special care. It does need to be in a humid climate, but the soil doesn’t need to be very moist nor the plant drenched with water all the time. Plant the crown in the soil in a sunny area, but not with excessive sunlight.
You need to have patience. Pineapples take about 6-8 weeks to grow strong roots. The roots will have the best consistency at 2 months. You will only need to water it twice per week. Don’t worry if the leaves fall off, it is normal and they will replace themselves naturally. They will grow faster in the hottest months and slow down during cooler months. In winter, they won’t grow.
Although it will take at least one year for the fruit to appear, it’s well worth it!
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