Thursday, May 30, 2013

How to Grow A Pineapple

Next time you purchase a whole pineapple think again before throwing away the top.  Here is a fun easy project kids can do to plant their own pineapple plant!

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Step 1
Twist the top off the pineapple so only a flesh stem is showing.  It should come off for you by twisting and pulling but if you have trouble cut the top off and remove any of the flesh around the root that is attached to the leafy stem.  Allow root to dry out for about 1 week.

Step 2
Place the root into a cup of water for 3 days (a small clear glass works well).  This allows roots to form but it's ok if there are no visible roots showing after 3 days, proceed to next step.

Step 4
Plant the root into a 6 inch pot with garden soil and keep moist.  Water only once a week as this is a tropical plant and does not like to be wet.  Keep plant where temperatures won't fall below 60 degrees.  If you live in a warm climate you can plant directly in the soil outdoors, otherwise keep the plant inside as the pineapple likes it warm!

Step 5
Sit back and watch it grow!  This is a slow growing plant and will take about 24 months to produce fruit.  But in the mean time it produces showy leaves that make an attractive tropical house plant.


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