It's Easy to Grow a Pineapple Plant

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new leaves beginning to growI wondered if I could use that big top from a pineapple I had bought at the grocer's and so I researched and found out that I can grow a plant from it! Here's how you can too!


Total Time: Just moments to prep and plant and nature does the rest.


top cut off a pineapple

Cut the top "way back" to leave only the convex curved plug where the pineapple leaves meet at the top of the pineapple and peel off the outer leaves. See photos.

preparing plug for planting

Plant in some potting soil and wait!

top planted in a round pot

The few outer leaves may die off and that's fine. The new leaves start in the very center. This is the plant at about 1 and 1/2 months. It's just small now, but I wanted to share this while pineapples are still abundant in the grocery stores so you can start your own for some winter fun!

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September 23, 20140 found this helpful

This is super cool, I am going to try this!

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September 25, 20140 found this helpful

Before I put mine in the soil, I put it in a glass of water so the roots can start. You only want a small amount of water, so it doesn't cover any of the leaves. I've actually had mine in a glass with water for a year and just planted it in potting soil last week.


Just cut off dead leaves as needed. It will NOT produce fruit!

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September 25, 20141 found this helpful

It takes a pineapple plant two years to develop the fruit. You will need at least two mature plants to get them started. They are similar to a peach tree. You need two peach trees, one of each gender, to start the fruit process.

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October 4, 20210 found this helpful

I've been growing pineapple plants for years and have one at least 6 years old. It has been transplanted to a bigger pot 3 times and is about 2 ft.


tall and 3 ft. around. It is fun to grow and they thrive outdoors in the summer. They add a tropical touch to the yard.

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