Of all this things we’ve grown, I think I’m most excited about the pineapples. I’m not really sure why but I am. We planted a couple of tops in the spring of 2011 and a couple more last spring and summer. One of the ones we planted in 2011 is making a pineapple.
So now I’m planting every pineapple top I can get my hands on in the ground by the peach and plum trees.
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 they can be grown in a 10-12″ pot.
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.
- 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 ok 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
- I’ve heard that you can put an apple slice down into the pineapple plant to help stimulate production. I’m going to try that on the one from 2011 that isn’t producing.
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