- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Remove the lowest leaves.
- Now it’s time to trim the outer edges to get ready for planting a pineapple top.
- 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.
- Leave your pineapple top to one side, allowing it to dry out for 5-7 days.
- The best potting soil for this is a light soil mix with perlite and sand.
- Plant your pineapple top, making sure the top is beneath the top layer of soil up to the base of its leaves.
- Water the soil thoroughly.
- Place it in bright, but indirect light.
- Until the roots have developed, it’s important to keep the soil moist.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Always have your new pineapple houseplant indoors during the autumn and winter months, and frosty weather is likely to kill it!
- 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?