Pineapples are yummy tropical fruits that originated in South America, but can be grown in most any warm climate. A popular science project for children is to propagate your own fruit from any pineapple you pick up at the grocery store. But does it work? Can you actually grow your own pineapple at home?
- Better for the Earth – growing your own food dramatically reduces the carbon footprint vs fruit shipped halfway across the world
- Saves Money – if you grow your own, its pretty much free
- Easy – sprouting your own pineapple is about as easy as it gets
- Is a great learning opportunity for the kids
- Takes 2-3 years for a mature fruit to grow
- You typically only get one pineapple per plant
- Plants must be kept indoors if you live in a climate that has a cold winter
(full disclosure: this gorgeous pineapple plant was sprouted and given to me by a friend. So, really I’m writing about her experience).
An easy pineapple sprout all depends on picking out the right piece of fruit at the store. You should look for one that has not been cored, has all the center leaves on it, and has fresh, small leaves in the center. Make sure it is relatively soft and ripe.
When you get home, grasp the top of the pineapple carefully and twist up slowly so the core comes out. You should be able to see little white nubbins which are the where the roots will sprout from. Place the top in a shallow dish of water, and leave it in the sun. It’s as easy as that! When you get a good root ball going, it is time to plant in a sunny spot with well draining soil.
Some trouble shooting tips: keep the water just below the level of the leaves. You don’t want the leaves to get wet. If they do, and they start to rot, you can just remove them and place the top back into the water. You can plant in a pot (keeping in mind that these can grow up to two feet in diameter and be rather spikey). Or you can plant outside if you live in a climate that is warm year round.
I’ve planted mine in a corner of the garden. In a couple years when/if it flowers and grows fruit I’ll do the second half of this review. Do you think we’ll get a pineapple?
Have you ever tried sprouting your own pineapple? Have you ever actually gotten one to grow big enough to fruit?