How to Grow a Pineapple

Learning how to grow a pineapple plant is a beautiful and tasty way to create your own tropical vacation at home. You're just going to have to wait a while for the fruit to come.

We love pineapple for its sweet taste and juicy bite; just try to look through these pineapple recipes without drooling. Lucky for you, you can grow your very own pineapple plant in your backyard. Pineapple is a fruit that can be regrown from its stem, or crown. To get started, you’ll need a fresh pineapple, large planting pot and plenty of sandy soil.

Learning how to grow a pineapple is easier than you might think, regardless of where you live. We can almost taste that pina colada dip now.

How Do Pineapples Grow?

Your favorite tropical fruit grows from large, flowering plants in the ground or a large pot. Pineapple plants are pretty hearty and don’t require a lot of water or space to grow. What they do need is warmth; if you live in a colder climate, plant yours in a warm area of the house near a window.

How to Grow a Pineapple, Step-by-Step

Step 1: Slice off the crown

Select your pineapple at your local grocery store or farmers market. When preparing to slice it, remove the crown as close to the green leaves as possible.

Step 2: Pull off the lower leaves and allow to dry

This is the secret to convincing your pineapple plant to grow. The top of the pineapple must be dry. Carve out any flesh of the fruit from the crown (and save it for some pineapple sangria when you’re done.) Then pull off a few of the leaves from the bottom of the crown. This gives your pineapple plant room to grow roots into the soil. You may notice some small roots already.

Lay your pineapple crown on its side and allow to dry out for about 2 days.

Step 3: Plant in sandy soil

Once your pineapple crown feels completely dry, it’s time to plant. Prepare a large pot with soil and dig a small hole in the middle. You can also plant the pineapple in your backyard if you live in an area that stays warm year round.

Hold the crown upright and pack it with soil. Be sure it’s steady and doesn’t tip over in the soil. Lightly water your plant if the soil feels dry.

Step 4: Give light, water and warmth

Pineapple plants thrive in warm environments, so place your pot in a warm area of the house with plenty of sunlight. The tough, durable pineapple leaves do not need to be overly-watered. Wet soil can prevent your pineapple plant from flowering.

These plants absorb much of their water through the leaves, so water the top of your plant and feel the soil to make sure it’s not becoming too muddy.

How Long Does It Take to Grow a Pineapple?

Well, here’s the thing. You won’t be enjoying homemade pineapple salsa for at least a year or two. Your plant will grow large leaves first, then flower. Once it has flowered, you know the pineapple is on its way in about 6 months; it grows directly out of the flower in the center of the plant. When your pineapple turns yellow, it’s ready to be picked.

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.