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How to grow pineapples from tops or seedlings: step-by-step guide

How to grow pineapples

Outlines how to grow pineapples from tops or from seedlings, with step-by-step instructions and tips to produce the best fruit.

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The pineapple ( Ananas comosus or Ananas sativus ) is one of the most popular tropical fruits and can actually be found in every supermarket. This bromeliad family member ( Bromeliaceae ) can also be grown at home. We’ll show you how it works.

How to grow pineapples: ways of growing
How to grow pineapples from tops
The perfect location for the pineapple
Growing and planting pineapples

How to grow pineapples: ways of growing

There are several ways to grow pineapples: Either you buy a young pineapple plant or you can regrow a pineapple using the regrowing method . The simplest and risk-free option is of course to buy a young plant that has already been grown. However, pineapple plants are not that easy to find in our latitudes. Growing back requires a bit of horticultural skill and patience in order to be able to harvest your first pineapple yourself at some point, but it is much cheaper.

 Whichever option you ultimately choose, we have worked out instructions for both variants for you in this article.

How to grow pineapples from tops

how to grow pineapples - Removed stem of a pineapple
To allow it to grow back, the stalk is cut off and excess leaves are removed

Instead of growing them the traditional way, pineapples can simply be grown using the regrowing method. First of all, of course, you need the fruit itself. It should have healthy foliage and be medium-ripe. The upper part of the pineapple is cut off with a sharp knife. Also, cut off all the pulp around the stalk so that only this one remains. The lowest leaves on the stalk should also be carefully peeled off from top to bottom. About ten leaves should remain. It is important that the stalk, including the tuft of leaves, remains intact, as otherwise no healthy roots can form for the new plant. Alternatively, you can twist the stalk out of the fruit – this saves you having to cut it.

Now put the pineapple stalk in a vessel with water. The lower part of the stalk should be surrounded by water. A bright and above all warm location is very important for this step. After all, the pineapple doesn’t like the cold at all. You should also change the water regularly. After a while you will see the first roots. If new roots have formed from the pineapple stalk, this can be planted in a container with substrate. An extremely bright and warm location with a high level of humidity is also important here.

A window sill with a lot of daylight is certainly particularly suitable, but not directly above a heater. Now you have to wait, because it can take up to two years for the plant to grow back and bear its own fruit. Regular watering should of course not be forgotten.

Step-by-step instructions – Regrowing pineapples:

  1. Select healthy, medium-ripe fruit
  2. Cut or core the stalk with a sharp knife
  3. Remove all pulp from the stalk
  4. Remove all superfluous leaves except about 10
  5. Put the stalk in the water
  6. Set up in a light and warm location
  7. Change the water regularly
  8. As soon as roots have formed, plant in substrate
how to grow pineapples - Regrowing a pineapple
Pineapples can be grown both through purchased young plants and through the regrowing method

The perfect location for the pineapple

The pineapple comes from the tropics and therefore likes it warm and humid all year round. That is why it can only be grown indoors in our pots. She particularly likes a sunny spot on the windowsill (but not directly above the heater) or in the sun-drenched and heated winter garden. It thrives best when temperatures are constantly between 25 and 30 ° C. If the thermometer falls below 16 ° C, the tropical fruit gets too cold. So you should avoid that as much as possible. High humidity is also important for the pineapple; it should be at least 60 percent. The best way to do this is to regularly spray the plant with water. The pineapple also needs to be well ventilated, so place it in a place where the air can always circulate well. On the other hand, she doesn’t like drafts at all.

The pineapple does not make great demands on the substrate in the pot, it should only be loose and permeable. A high mineral content in the substrate is also advantageous. The ideal pH value for pineapples is around 5.

What is the perfect location for the pineapple?

  • Sunny
  • No blazing midday sun
  • Warm, between 25 and 30 ° C
  • Never below 16 ° C
  • Humidity at least 60%
  • Well ventilated but no drafts
  • Loose, well-drained substrate with a high mineral content
  • Optimal pH: 5

Growing and planting pineapples

Before you plant your pineapple, first prepare the pot and substrate. Choose a sufficiently large planter, as the pineapple grows very large and sprawling. The pot should also have a drainage hole and a saucer. Then put a drainage layer in the pot so that no waterlogging occurs. To do this, fill expanded clay or potsherds into the planter. Now mix the soil by adding one part sand and half a part coconut fiber to three parts of ordinary potting soil. You can also enrich the substrate with a fertilizer with an organic long-term effect in order to provide the pineapple with sufficient nutrients from the outset. 

The pineapple needs a suitable container and the right substrate to grow

Now fill the planter one third with substrate. There the pineapple plant is placed in the middle. Then fill the pot with the remaining substrate and water everything well. Remove excess water from the planter after a few minutes.

How is the pineapple planted correctly?

  • Select a suitable planter
  • Mix the substrate and enrich it with a fertilizer with an organic long-term effect
  • Create a drainage layer
  • Fill one third of the pot with substrate
  • Insert the plant in the middle
  • Fill the pot with substrate
  • Pouring on