Growing your own food is becoming increasingly popular these days. It’s a wise alternative to buying pesticide-ridden food from a mega-corporation and millions of people around the world are catching on. It’s also a great way to save a good deal of money in the long run.
Pineapples don’t require very much water. They’ll also thrive in a variety of situations.
To begin growing your own pineapples, you’ll want to buy a ripe pineapple, one that is healthy and does not have any soft spots on its skin. Buying organic is preferred as it will be far less likely to be contaminated with pesticides/herbicides and heavy metals. There’s also this shocking little piece of history that will make you want to steer clear of conventionally grown pineapples.
Next, rinse the fruit and place it on a cutting board. Cut off the green crown and about two inches of fruit underneath the crown. Dry it in a sunny spot and pull off the outer dead leaves, making sure to leave the inside live leaves in place.
Put the crown in a container with half an inch of water, ensuring that the bottom of the crown is resting in the water, with the leaves floating above the water.
Next, leave the container in a sunny place, perhaps beside a window or outside. Change the water every other day or more often to prevent rotting.
Roots will appear within a week or two. Misting the foliage here and there with plain water and covering with a clear dome (like this) can help speed this process up substantially.
After you have roots that are an inch or longer, plant the crown in soil suitable for cacti and succulents and lightly feed your new plant with an organic nutrient such as this organic one. Make sure you don’t water too much. The soil should appear to be slightly dry on the top layer before re-watering and only until you get a slight runoff from the drainage holes.
Don’t overfeed as this “new plant” is fragile and sensitive. About half the recommended strength written on the nutrient bottle or less will do. Alternate feedings with plain water and increase the strength of feelings progressively.
For the next couple of weeks protect the plant from the bright direct sun, and keep the soil consistently moist but not spongy.
After two months, the plant should be firmly established in the soil and there should be new leaf growth starting in the middle of the plant.
Now that new leaves are appearing, move your pineapple plant to your most sunny location. Water a little bit at least once a week and give the plant at least 6 hours of bright light per day.
Eventually, your plant will begin to form a fruit in the center of-of the foliage. Up until this point, it makes a beautiful house plant! When you begin to see early stages of fruit formation you will want to add a flowering nutrient to your feeding schedule such as this one.
Make sure you report to give the roots ample space if you started out in a rather small container. A final size of 1 gallon may yield a small pineapple, however, a minimum of 3 gallons for the full grown plant is more suitable.
Finally here’s that inception reference you were wondering about. Once you harvest your first homegrown pineapple, it’s time to remove the freshly grown crown and start all over again!
Then repeat, and so on and so forth…
If you have the room for it, start a new pineapple every few weeks so you can create a continual supply! And if you don’t, it’s still a fun project for kids or anyone really, and they make nice houseplants as they mature. Happy growing. Learn more about growing your own food supply here.