When it comes to fruit, pineapples have got to be one of the most delicious. Not only do they remind me of life on a tropical island every time I bite into one, if I close my eyes, I feel like I’m really there. And while I love the entire process of eating a pineapple, from finding the perfectly ripe one, to cutting off the pointy flesh, to eating the yellow insides, I never thought I could be able to grow my own at home – especially considering I live in part of the United States that gets a winter.
But in five simple steps, you can grow your own pineapple tree at home. And it can bear fruit much faster than you ever thought. And if you have a child who needs a science project, this could be just the thing to do as it could be a great experiment with a little creativity injected into it – or food coloring.
So are you ready to grow your own pineapple at home? Believe me, once I learned the steps that you’re about to learn, I realized it was so much easier to do this than I ever would have thought. But like most plants, they don’t grow overnight, so you’ll probably need to keep buying your pineapple from the grocery store until your plant bares bruit.
So where do you start? First, you need to remove the crown of the pineapple. This is the leafy part on top. Just twist it until it pops right off. Allow the crown to rest on your kitchen countertop or another safe place for several days. This will dry the stalk out and prevent rotting, which can ruin everything if you’re not careful.
Strip some leaves off the bottom of the crown and then put it in a glass of water. Make sure it is at room temperature. That means don’t put it outside in the heat or the cold. When the roots grow out about an inch or so, it is time to move to the next step.
Get a flower pot with nutritious soil. Plant the pineapple crown about an inch into the pot and firmly pack the dirt around it. Make sure to spritz enough water on the pineapple and the dirt, so the soil is moist but not soaked.
Now you need to nurture it. Because pineapples thrive in tropical environments, which are often humid and hot, you need to make sure your plant gets enough water. Use a spray bottle to moisten the soil every day, but do not drown the plant. It should be moist and not sopping wet.
When your pineapple fruit forms and it begins to grow, wait until it is ripe before you pluck it and eat it. And if you want to start another plant, you know what to do. Just start back at step one and do it all over again. And soon you’ll be living in a tropical paradise with all the pineapple you can eat.
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