Growing Pineapple Tips and Guide

Posted on 02 April 2011

Pineapple is a tropical plant that is native to Paraguay and Brazil. The flesh of pineapple can be eaten raw. They are also available as juice. Pineapple is used in desserts and salads. If you are a fan of pineapple, you should not discard the crown. Most of the time, people cut off the top of the pineapple. However, you should not slice off the top because it can be used for re-growth into a beautiful pineapple plant.

The first step to growing pineapple is to find a fresh pineapple in your home. If you don’t have a pineapple, you can buy it at a local supermarket. The pineapple must be mature and has some green leaves on top. The skin should be golden brown and not too green. It is recommended that you grow two pineapples in case one of the plants dies.
After that, you must use a knife to cut off the leaves on top of the pineapple. The cut leafy tops must not have any fruits remain at the bottom. If the flesh is at the bottom, it will prevent the pineapple plant from taking root efficiently. After that, you must cut the bottom of the crowns until you see the round circles. The round circles are the root buds from which the root will develop. If you remove the leafy top, you can increase the root growth. To make the stem for planting, you should remove the bottom leaves. Before planting it, you must leave it to dry for 1 week. Once the cut end has dried out, you can plant it.

After 7 days, you can plant it into a pot. The soil should be well drained so that the water can easily seep through the subsoil. If the soil has a poor drainage system, the pineapple roots can rot easily. When planting, make sure the pineapple top is placed in the soil. After planting, you can shovel back the dirt to the hole.
Pineapple plants likes tropical climate and cannot tolerate temperature below 60 degrees. If the temperature falls below 60 Fahrenheit, your plant will have a high risk of wilting. You will want to make sure that the planting site is warm. The site must receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Every month, you should fertilize the pineapple. The pineapple plant should be watered thoroughly every day. However, you must not over water the plant otherwise it will rot.

It can take up to 2 years for the pineapple plants to bear fruits. The mature height of the pineapple lpant is 25 – 30 inches. To produce fruit, the plant will first offers the flower bloom located in the middle. Later, you will see a green pine cone appearing in the flower. The green pine cone is the baby pineapple. When the pineapple fruit has grown to a considerable size and is yellow color, you can harvest it. During harvesting, you can use a knife to cut off the pineapple fruit.

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