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Gardening: Pick a Peck of Pineapples

February 15th, 2013 7 Comments
Ready To Eat Pineapples

Ripe and ready to eat pineapples

You know that saying, “There is a use for everything”?  Well, there is.  I don’t like the idea of throwing away anything really.  Even if you simply donate it or tear it apart for what’s inside.  The same can be said for the food we eat and buy.

 

Most of us tend to see the tops to a pineapple as useless and throw it out.  It may not be edible (so to speak) but it certainly has a use.

 

The Pineapple does have seeds, or it’s supposed to, but those that you buy at your supermarket probably won’t have seeds.  So how are you supposed to grow your own pineapple?  Easy.  Remember that top you always cut off and toss out?  Well stop doing that, this instant.  I mean it; don’t make me pull this blog over!  😉  In fact, pineapples have got to be one of the easiest things to propagate and grow.  Once you cut that pineapple top off, plant it in the ground, leafs up and out of the soil.  That’s it!  How simple is that?!

 

Pineapple Plant

An unripe pineapple fruit
still attached to its mummy plant.

The beauty of pineapple plants is that they are easy to grow, and can even be grown indoors.  There is very little maintenance needed for a healthy plant.  Pineapples usually take 2-3 years to grow into their first fruiting, so be patient.  But just think of that wonderful, juicy, sweet and tart treat you’ll have, right in your garden!

 

NOTE:  The cut tops from store bought pineapples sometimes don’t root well, and rot.  I find it best to twist the tops off of these, they seem to do better.  Good news though, once you harvest your own fruit, that fruit will have no issue in rooting.

 

Pineapple Top

A ready to plant,
cut off top to a pineapple.

Propagation:

Cut off the top of the pineapple; leave an inch or two of the flesh at its base.  It can also be done by simply twisting and pulling off the top.

Plant the top in the ground or pot; cover the fruit base, but keep the leaves up out of the soil.

If you like, you can place the top in a jar of water prior to planting to allow roots to grow before placing in soil.

Place in direct sunlight, as the pineapple is a tropical plant.  They need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Care:

  • Water the plant about once a week, be sure not to over water.
  • If you live in cold prone areas, be sure to cover your plants to protect them from cold and frost.
  • If they are in a pot, bring them inside during cold weather.
Ripe Unripe Pineapples

Ripe (left) & unripe (right)
pineapples.

Harvesting: 

  • Once the fruit begins to grow it can take a few months to mature.
  • You can harvest a pineapple when it changes colour from green to a yellowish or gold tone.  The more yellow, the more sweet.
  • You can harvest a pineapple earlier, when only one side is yellow.
  • If you harvest while the fruit is still green be sure to cut some of the stem off with the fruit and place in water until the pineapple has fully ripened.
  • Cut the fruit off the parent plant, at the fruit’s base. Be mindful of the sharp prickly edges of both the parent plant and your fruit!

 

 

 

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I had no idea you could grow pineapple in Alaska!!

 

    Why yes, yes you can, at least in theory, lol. Probably best if you are in Alaska to keep the plant indoors at all times, and near your heating source. I don’t think there is a plastic cover built to protect a pineapple in Alaska yet.

     

      Wait… “in theory”? Aren’t you in Alaska growing pineapples?

       

        Shh, no one is suppose to know about the fact I am growing them in Alaska! Do you know how many minds would crack with that information! Thousands of years of dedicated tropical growers just shattered at the great Alaskan pineapple plantation.

         

i’ve grown two pineapples in the last couple of years. the fruit wasn’t that big but it was so juicy and sweet.

 

    Yeah the first fruiting (especially from a store top) is usually not as large. They do get larger as time goes by, especially if you use your harvested fruits top.

    It’s a long story as to why this happens to many of the store seeds and tops. 😛 I won’t bore you with it… yet. 😉