How to Grow a Pineapple Indoors

Picture of a whole fresh pineapple that I plan on using for starting a pineapple plant.

I've always wondered how to grow a pineapple indoors. Follow along with me as I bring a little bit of Hawaii into my home and try growing pineapple plants indoors! (Well, I'm going to start with one... if things go well, then maybe in a few weeks I'll add another!)

Day 1: Purchase a Pineapple

Well, they were on sale today for only $2.99 apiece! I figured that made today a great day to buy the pineapple which hopefully will grow into a healthy pineapple houseplant!

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Day 2: Prepare the Pineapple

First, I twisted off the top of the pineapple as you can see below. If you find it too difficult to twist off the top, you could simply cut it off - you'll just have a bit more fruit to trim off of the end compared to using the twist-off method.

Picture of starting a pineapple plant by twisting off the top of a fresh pineapple.

Next, I trimmed off thin slices from the bottom until there was no longer any fruit attached. I stopped when I could see the little pore-like root buds on the cut surface.

Picture of trimmed end for starting a pineapple plant

The next step is to start from the cut end in the picture, and pull off the leaves until you've exposed about an inch (2.5cm) of stem. (If you scroll down, you'll see a pic which shows how much I took off.)

Next, I put this aside to dry out over a couple of days.

What to do with all that pineapple? Besides eating it fresh, I figured a pineapple upside-down cake would be nice...

Picture of pineapple upside down cake that I made from the pineapple I'll use for starting a pineapple plant.

As I munch on a slice of my pineapple upside-down cake, I'm thinking that starting a pineapple plant indoors is turning out to be a rather yummy experience so far!

Day 4: Starting a Pineapple Plant: We Need Some Roots!

Here is a picture of my trimmed pineapple top after it's had a couple of days to dry out:

Picture of dried out pineapple top that I'll use for starting a pineapple plant.

Today, (December 20, 2010) I put the end of the pineapple top in a glass of water to help it along with growing some new roots. The plan is to change the water every day or two and wait for a healthy new batch of roots to form. When starting a pineapple plant, I hear it can take several weeks for the top to grow enough roots to be ready for planting.

Picture of starting a pineapple plant by putting the trimmed top in a glass of water.

January 3, 2011 Update: Today I was very excited to see my pineapple plant's first new root pop out! Yay! It looks like this is working... I'll post some pictures as soon as I can.

Stay tuned for more on how to grow a pineapple indoors...

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