The first thing to do when you want to start planting pineapple tops is to determine the size of your container. You need to decide whether it will be big enough or not. If you are going to use a large pot, then you might have problems with the top being too heavy. If you are going to use a small one, then there won’t be any problem at all because the weight will be distributed evenly over all parts of the pineapple.
If you are going to use a regular pot, then you should choose one with a diameter of 8 inches or larger. Then you can get the best results if you follow our instructions.
You must remember that the plants need to be kept moist during their growth period so they don’t rot out before reaching maturity. You can put them in a bucket filled with water and leave it outside for several days every week until they reach about 3 feet tall (or about 10 cm). After they reach this height, you can remove the soil and place it back into the pot.
After watering them once a day, you can keep them watered only twice a month. They will grow faster if you water them less often. Watering them too much could cause the roots to rot out or even kill the plants altogether!
A good idea is to put some fertilizer on the top layer of soil. You can get a good organic one from your local garden center that should give them the nutrients they need to grow strong and tall. Always read the instructions first before adding anything else to the soil because these things can be harmful if you don’t use them properly!
It usually takes about 3 – 4 months for them to mature. They should be around 20 inches tall before you harvest them from the pot. If you leave them too long, then they will become rotten and infested with insects that are attracted to the sweet fruit.
If you have decided to use a bucket, then you should drill several holes in the bottom for drainage. You can also cut a few inches off the bottom so it is below the waterline when you fill up the bucket with water. It is important to keep adding water to the bucket so the plant doesn’t dry out.
If you leave it for a week without watering, then you could lose the whole plant altogether. You will need to keep the soil damp at all times to prevent rotting from the roots and encourage fast growth.
You can place it outside in direct sunlight during the day and bring it in at night so it doesn’t get too cold and kill your plant. If you live in an area that doesn’t have freezing temperatures, then you can keep it outside at night as well.
You can fertilize the soil before you plant the pineapple top, but it isn’t really necessary. Using a fertilizer at this point will just give the plant a boost so it grows faster. It really is up to you whether you want to use one or not since they aren’t necessary.
Once you have your pineapple plant in the pot and growing strong, you can finally harvest it after a few months when it reaches 30 inches tall. If it is still not ripe or you like the taste of the pineapples at the grocery store better, then you can stop growing it at this point and throw it away or eat it yourself.
If you want to eat it, then all you have to do is cut the crown off and slice the skin off with a knife. You can then cut it up into slices or chunks and add it to your favorite fruit salad! You can even freeze the fruit so you always have some on hand during the year. Be sure to use it before it goes bad, though.
These are instructions for growing pineapples organically. There are also other methods such as using a hydroponic system or buying a store-bought kit to grow them indoors year-round. You can even buy a small pineapple plant at your local nursery or grow them from the crown of one you bought at the store.
If you live in an apartment, then you can grow one in a large pot on your balcony. You will just need to be extra careful when watering it so you don’t make a mess everywhere.
I hope this article has given you more information about growing pineapples at home and helps you enjoy this delicious fruit all year round!
Sources & references used in this article:
Pineapple propagation by HR Evans – The East African Agricultural Journal, 1952 – Taylor & Francis
Pineapple growth in southeast Queensland by ER Sinclair – I International Pineapple Symposium 334, 1992 – actahort.org
Fungicidal control in pineapple and avocado of diseases caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi by RN Allen, KG Pegg, LI Forsberg, DJ Firth – Australian Journal of …, 1980 – CSIRO