How to grow pineapples

How to grow pineapples

Fancy a challenge? Have a go at growing your own pineapples. We show you how.

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Pineapple plants are fun to grow, and can easily be propagated from fruit bought from a supermarket or greengrocer. Although it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get a crop of home-grown pineapples, you may be in with a chance if you provide the right growing conditions. Be patient though – it can take three years for the plant to develop fruit.

Choose a pineapple with a healthy green rosette of leaves or topknot, then eat the fruit. Save the rosette, as you’ll be using this to grow the plant from.

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You Will Need

  • Pineapple
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Horticultural grit
  • 20cm diameter pot

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Step 1

Carefully cut the rosette off about 2cm from the top of the fruit, and eat the fruit.

How to grow pineapples - cutting the rosette
How to grow pineapples – cutting the rosette

Step 2

Trim off all the fleshy fruit and cut around the base of the rosette to leave the clean central core surrounded by leaves.

How to grow pineapples - cutting away the flesh
How to grow pineapples – cutting away the flesh

Step 3

Carefully peel away individual leaves to reveal a length of stem. This is where the roots will develop from.

How to grow pineapples - removing leaves
How to grow pineapples – removing leaves

Step 4

Trim the base of the stem neatly, just below the leaf scars, removing all the white stem tissue.

How to grow pineapples - trimming the base of the stem
How to grow pineapples – trimming the base of the stem

Step 5

Fill a pot with multi-purpose compost mixed with horticultural grit, then position the pineapple rosette in the centre, firming more compost around it.

How to grow pineapples - potting it up
How to grow pineapples – potting it up

Step 6

Water well and allow the pot to drain. Place the pot in a heated propagator or in a warm, bright spot indoors, until roots have developed. New leaves will soon form in the centre of the rosette. Once roots start growing from the base of the pot, transplant your pineapple into a larger container. Keep the plant in a warm conservatory or greenhouse, or on a window sill, and continue feeding and watering regularly, potting on as required.

How to grow pineapples - watering the pineapple
How to grow pineapples – watering the pineapple
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