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Pineapples are an exemplary fruit, easy to grow and devour, and it is one of the few extraordinary fruits that will help you lose weight whilst being delicious. Growing a pineapple in your flower pot or backyard is an easy and extremely rewardful DIY project reason for which we are posting this detailed guide and video on how to grow a pineapple. All you need is one piece of pineapple and some dirt that can be carried by a pot if you live in a colder climate, and you are good to go, you can create your own pineapple farm!
Step 1: Obtain a Pineapple
Make a trip to your local fruit provider or any supermarket, farmers market or individual selling these wonderful fruits on the side of the road. Buy a nice looking pineapple that appeals to you and enjoy the trip, you are going to create a pineapple farm from one pineapple!
Step 2: Cut and Eat
Now it comes the second most enjoyable part of this DIY guide. Rinse the fruit and cut off the leafy top part of the pineapple while making sure that you cut one inch or two from the pineapple`s yellow meat. Set this piece aside and enjoy the delicious pineapple.
Step 3: Figure Out Where to Plant Pineapple
All you need to grow a pineapple is the leftover of the previous step. The pineapple is a fruit and it produces seeds yet it comes to our understanding that these seeds are very rare in domesticate pineapples. By taking the lack of overflowing supply of seeds, one alternative method of growing pineapples remains, using the cutting from the top .
The planting in most cases is usually tricky but by simply putting the pineapple directly into the ground worked very well for us. Few other alternatives are well known, such as trimming with caution the remaining fruit away and leaving aside just the base of the leaves, letting the top to dry out for a few days. After this procedure you should put this top into a glass of water until roots will start growing, making the top ready for planting. Extra steps could make everything more difficult, offering us, more ways to screw up the process. It is possible that by trimming all the fruit away we kill the pineapple plant before it`s planted, we don’t know exactly where to slice it but a comprehensive video guide explains the process well. We suggest you to try and plant it directly but you can go both ways or the risky way first, it`s your call.
In a warmer climate you can plant the pineapple top directly into the ground, an occasional frost each winter should be decent, and should not harm your project. More than that will damage your pineapple outside beyond repair and if that is the case we suggest you to plant it in a pot and when it is the case, take it inside.
If you are going to plant it in a pot, make sure it is big enough to accommodate about five feet across , it also gets spiny leaves, take that in consideration when deciding where you plan your pineapple.
Step 4: Plant Your Pineapple
Once you have decided where you are going to plant the magical fruit, dig a hole in the dirt. It should be deep enough to cover the fruit while is still attached to the pineapple`s leaves. Stick the pineapple into the hole and cover the base with dirt, leaving the leaves above the ground, exposed. If you choose to plant in a pot, the same steps are being applied.
Step 5: Water and Forget
You got it planted, now simply water it. Outside, in the natural soil, you can forget about it for a while, happily pineapples are plants with very low maintenance. You should definitely water your plants more often than it rains but they will definitely not perish after a few days.
In a pot however the pineapple should be watered far more often, especially when you bring the plant inside during colder weather.
Step 6: Wait
Pineapple do grow slowly, waiting is a step itself as a result. You should know from the very beginning that the process will be slow. Only after about one year you will notice a significant growth in your plants, only after two or three years the plant will produce a fruit. It is magical though. The fruit will slowly start to get shape in the center of the pineapple plants. In the beginning a large bright red will wear and a yellow flower. This flower eventually materializes the normal looking pineapple that we all know.
If you want to get in touch with nature even more, be on the lookout for animals living in the pineapples leaves while it grows, apparently frogs are really enjoying the.
If you don’t want to wait 2-3 years for just one pineapple get a head start and plant 10-15 . The moment will be magic, and they can become an aesthetic plant if the climate allows you to grow them outside.
Step 7: Harvest
It is time to collect. Be sure that the pineapples ripen on the plant, they will have a different flavor, they will taste far better then the store brough pineapples that get ripe on the shelve lighting. When the pineapple`s skin changes from a brown to yellow go and cut through the stalk supporting the pineapple with a saw. Be careful not to wait too much or the neighborhood squirrels may take advantage of your fruit grown in two years in twenty minutes.
Take the fruit inside and enjoy your homegrown special pineapple, it feels very good. After you`re finished you can plant the top and multiply your plants.
The video describing a similar process and how you can speed up the process is showcased below.