Google+ Organic Gardens Network™: How to Root a Pineapple Plant

Saturday, October 8, 2011

How to Root a Pineapple Plant

I have not had luck with this project in the past, but perhaps I was not patient enough. The pineapple is part of the Bromiliad family, and I love Bromiliads. Their flower variety and colors are intoxicating.

Have you been successful in growing a pineapple plant from the fruit's topper?

The pineapple is a tropical fruiting plant. John Atlee of the Bromeliad Society International writes on the society's website that a pineapple plant can grow up to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide when given a big enough pot, but smaller pots result in smaller--perhaps more manageable--plants.
In general, a rooted pineapple crown will not result in a plant comparable in size to those grown on pineapple plantations. Pineapple plants will flower under the right conditions, and the common grocery store pineapple (Ananas comosus) produces a red stalk with blue flowers.

Things you'll need:
Clean, sharp knife
8" clay pot
Rooting hormone with mild fungicide
Potting Soil

Tip: You can also root a pineapple crown in water, but the water must contain additional nutrients. Use a hydroponic fertilizer to supply those nutrients.

Click here for the rest of the instructions on eHow.

Then, if you are successful with your rooting project, check here to learn how to get your pineapple plant to flower.


  1. I have rooted hundreds of pineapple crowns in plain water. I cut the very bottom off (the part with the pineapple pulp still on it) and let it sit out for a few days. I then pull the bottom inch or so of leaves off, stick it in water and it grows roots. I plant it outside (I live in Hawaii) and in a couple of years I have a pineapple. The same plant will keep producing for years, the pineapples just get progressively smaller.

  2. That sounds pretty easy. Will have to try it. Thanks for your feedback.


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