How to grow a pineapple top

Reduce waste and add a little something to your home by learning how to grow a pineapple plant here.


Chopped up pineapple with parts saved for planting a pineapple top

Key steps

  • Cut the pineapple top an inch below the leaves.
  • Remove the lowest leaves.
  • Trim the edges until you see root buds.
  • Plant in soil to the base of the leaves.
  • Keep moist until roots establish.
  • Give at least 6 hours of light.
  • Water when needed.
  • Fertilise during spring and summer.

After you've chopped the pineapple fruit into a tasty fruit salad, you can make yourself a fun new houseplant with the top! This article will explain how to grow a pineapple plant with the spiky top of a pineapple that you'd usually throw away.

Want your pineapple plant to flower? Place it in a plastic bag with an apple for 3-5 days. The ethylene gas released should promote flowering within two to three months.

A step-by-step guide to grow pineapple from top cut-offs

Whether you’re curious about how to plant a pineapple, or want to know the best conditions to grow your new houseplant we have you covered. Read on to discover how to grow a pineapple plant with ease.

  1. First, you need to have the leafy top. When cutting this off to use the pineapple fruit, leave about half an inch below the leaf line.
  2. Remove the lowest leaves.
  3. Now it’s time to trim the outer edges to get ready for planting a pineapple top.
  4. Keep trimming until you come to the root buds. Not sure what these look like? Keep an eye out for small, brown-coloured bumps around the perimeter of the stem.
  5. Leave your pineapple top to one side, allowing it to dry out for 5-7 days.
  6. The best potting soil for this is a light soil mix with perlite and sand.
  7. Plant your pineapple top, making sure the top is beneath the top layer of soil up to the base of its leaves.
  8. Water the soil thoroughly.
  9. Place it in bright, but indirect light.
  10. Until the roots have developed, it’s important to keep the soil moist.
  11. Roots will take between 6-8 weeks to fully establish. To check if your pineapple tops have roots, gently pull it to see the buds.
  12. Once you have some well-established roots on your pineapple top, it’s time to give it some more light! To grow properly, it will need a minimum of 6 hours of bright light per day.
  13. Now that the roots are established, reduce how often you water the plant. It’s best to allow the soil to dry out between each watering.
  14. During spring and summer, use a soluble houseplant fertiliser once or twice a month.  A semi-shaded location outside is a great place to move your plant to during late-spring and summer.
  15. Always have your new pineapple houseplant indoors during the autumn and winter months, and frosty weather is likely to kill it!
  16. Hoping to see your pineapple plant bloom? Don’t panic if it doesn’t. These are slow-growing plants and can take 2-3 years to bloom – if they bloom at all!

With this simple guide you now know not only how to plant a pineapple top, but the best way to grow it too. Now you know how to grow a pineapple top, why not try growing an avocado from a stone?

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