Of all this things I’ve grown, I think I’m most excited about growing pineapples. I’m not really sure why but I am. There’s something wonderful about planting the top of a pineapple and in a couple of years have fruit.
This photo is from August 2011. About 4 months after I planted a pineapple top for the first time.
This is the same plant in April 2013.
And in May 2013
Not a lot is written about growing pineapples, I suspect because most people don’t live in a climate where they can grow them easily outside.
But pineapples can also be grown in a 10-12″ pot and be taken inside for the winter or, in my climate, when there’s a chance of a freeze.
Pineapples are a novelty fruit that I grow for fun, although one day I hope to have enough plants to meet my family’s needs/wants. There are other fruits and vegetables that I grow that supply all my family’s needs for that item. If you need help deciding how much of a fruit or vegetable to plant to meet your family’s needs, you can get the worksheets I use emailed to you by filling out the form below.
How to Grow Pineapples
- You can plant the top of a store bought pineapple. Just leave a little of the flesh on, let it dry out for a day or so and then plant in well drained soil.
- You can also purchase a pineapple plant from a nursery, this is more expensive but you might get fruit the first year.
- Some recommend that you leave the pineapple top in water for about a week. The times I did this, it rotted – so I don’t recommend that, but it’s your plant do what you want.
- Minimum temperature is 60 degrees. Now, we’ve gone way below 60 here during the winter and I only covered them when we were actually going to freeze. So I’m guessing a little cooler is okay as long as most days aren’t below 60.
- Maximum temperature is 90 degrees according to Grow Fruit by Alan Buckingham. Most of our summer is above 90 degrees so I don’t really know what to say other than apparently this isn’t a hard and fast rule.
- Water thoroughly and then let them dry out between watering
- If side shoots develop you can just leave them and they’ll produce another pineapple
- Or you can remove the side shoot and plant in another pot, just like you do with aloe vera pups.
- I’ve heard that you can put an apple slice down into the pineapple plant to help stimulate production. I’ve never done this put lots of people recommend it.
Pests and Problems with Growing Pineapples
- Not susceptible to any pests
- As long as the temperature is kept above 60 degrees there’s not any foliage problems
- Root disease can occur if over watered and in cool soil
- Chickens will eat the unripe pineapple – so guard it if you have chickens.
- Harvest when pineapple stops growing and turns from green to golden
- I’m sure you won’t have so many you need to store them but just in case you do you can cut them up and freeze them
- You can also dehydrate pineapple slices or can pineapple chunks
Other fast growing fruits
Pineapples are a fantastic perennial fruit that will give you fruit quickly and produce year after year. There are also fast growing fruit trees that will give you fruit in the first or second year instead of having to wait 5 or more years after planting.