The drying period allows the moist core tissue to dry and discourages rotting. Remove the top of a pineapple that has a healthy, leafy top, cutting about 1/2 inch below the leaf clusters. at the rosette whorl of leaves. Be sure to change the water every couple of days. This article originally appeared in the 12/5/2003 issue. Twist off the top from the pineapple. Then place the plant in bright, indirect light for 2 to 3 weeks. After drying, insert the pineapple top into perlite, vermiculite, or coarse sand up to the base of its leaves. After drying, insert the pineapple top into perlite, vermiculite, or coarse sand up to the base of its leaves. It does take two years to get a new pineapple but worth the wait. Using a soluble houseplant fertilizer, fertilize the pineapple plant once or twice a month in spring and summer, but only once a month in fall and winter. Water thoroughly and place it in bright, indirect light. At maturity, pineapples are capable of blooming. When using a fresh pineapple, don't throw away the leafy top portion of the fruit. What are the advantages and disadvantages of bare-root trees and shrubs? it can be planted directly in soil. Water well. When propagating pineapples, you can use water to root the pineapple top. Whether you want to root a pineapple in water or in soil, there are a few steps that you need to take in order to be successful. The pineapple top should then be allowed to dry for several days. Follow these simple steps, and you too can grow and fruit your own pineapple at home! The first method is to place the dried pineapple crown in a cup of water, so that only the stem is submerged. This article was originally published on December 5, 2003. Rooting should occur in 6 to 8 weeks. The plant can go outside in late May, but must come back indoors before the first fall frost. You can pluck the leaves by hand. Flowering (hopefully) should occur within 2 to 3 months of the treatment. Fill the container with enough fresh water to cover the peeled back base of the pineapple: At this point, you are good to just place your pineapple top near a sunny window and wait and watch for roots to grow over the next several days. I use regular potting soil, put it in a sunny place and give it plenty of water. When the roots have grown about 2 or 3 inches long, it’s time to transplant the pineapple crown. Keep the soil slightly moist and not waterlogged. After drying, insert the pineapple top into perlite, vermiculite, or coarse sand up to the base of its leaves. at the rosette whorl of leaves. To root the top in water, fill a glass or bowl with fresh non-chlorinated water. Pineapples are slow growing plants. Finally, place the pineapple top in bright, indirect light. 2150 Beardshear Hall 2150 Beardshear Hall I have a plant about 2 1/2 years old, in a pot, and has a fruit now. Water the rooting medium. Dust has accumulated on the foliage of my houseplants. If this article is to be used in any other manner, permission from the author is required. Water well. Water the root area and the center part of the plant, i.e. Then place the plant in bright, indirect light for 2 or 3 weeks. Although it’s possible to sprout a pineapple in water, most people have better luck rooting them in soil. Plant the rooted pineapple in a light, well-drained potting mix. Growing Pineapple Plants. Also, remove a few of the lowest leaves. Trim away the outer portion of the pineapple top leaving the tough, stringy core attached to the leaves. You don't actually have to root the top in water first. Keep the potting soil moist with regular watering. Plant the rooted pineapple in a light, well-drained potting mix. Finally, place the pineapple top in bright, indirect light. Remove some of the leaves near the bottom of the pineapple top. Copyright © 2020ISU Extension and Outreach Keep the rooting medium moist, but not wet, during the rooting period. If you have municipal water that is chlorinated, let it sit in a container overnight to distill before using it. How do you over-winter geraniums as potted plants. (800) 262-3804, Iowa State University | PoliciesState & National Extension Partners, Like us at Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, Like us at Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.