Really ripe pineapple is incredibly sweet and fruity, guarantee that ripeness by learning how to grow your own pineapples in your back garden!
It is very easy to grow pineapples, and you can just about grow them anywhere in the world with a bit of hard work.
Pineapple plants are tropical and they do really well in tropical regions. However, they also do well when grown indoors. This means that if you live in a sunny area, you can grow them outdoors, and if you live in a colder climate, you can grow them indoors.
In this guide, we will share with you how to grow pineapples outdoors in your garden but this guide also works fine if you need to keep them inside. The most amazing thing about pineapples is that they do not need plenty of care.
We teach you how to plant, care for and harvest your pineapples with extra tips and common problems you may face when attempting to grow your own.
How to Plant Pineapples
The best way to plant a pineapple is from a pineapple. So get a good quality pineapple and cut off its rosette about an inch deep into the fruit, then eat the rest of pineapple if you want to. After cutting the rosette, trim the flesh and leave only a clean core surrounded by leaves.
At this point, you should cut the leaves carefully to reveal the stem. What remains is the ‘seed’ from which you will grow a pineapple plant. At this point, you are supposed to trim the stem’s base neatly below scars left by the leaves you have removed and trim until you completely eliminate the whitish stem tissue.
At this point, you should add a compost mixed with grit into a planting pot and position the rosette of your pineapple in the middle. You should then pack compost around the rosette to make it stable.
After burying the rosette as explained above, you should water the pineapple rosette well. After the pot dries, situate it in a bright and warm spot indoors or inside a heated propagator and give it time but remember to water it regularly.
After one to two weeks, you will see leaves, which will also mean that roots have developed below the soil. Let the rosette continue developing and when it becomes big enough, transfer it outside (climate dependent). When transferring it to a pot, do not disturb the soil around its roots to avoid damaging the roots.
How To Care For Pineapples
Pineapples are very easy to grow because they do not require a lot of care and they also don’t need a lot of water because they do not lose much through evaporation.
These plants don’t need fertilizer because they do well even in poor soil. Pineapples are truly a hardy plant making them good for beginners even though they are regarded as tropical plants.
If you have a heatwave and the sun is too hot, you do not need to find cover for them because they are adapted to surviving in extreme heat.
How To Harvest Pineapples
Pineapple plants generally take between one to two years to start producing fruits. When your plants produce flowers, you only have to wait for a few more months and your pineapples will be ready for harvest.
You will know your pineapples are ready for harvest when they start to turn yellow. If pests are eating away at your pineapples, you can harvest them when they start turning yellow.
However, if there are no pests, you should leave your pineapples until they turn completely yellow. This will indicate they are fully ripe and ready for consumption.
You’ll hopefully have more pineapples than you know what to do with and if that is the case then you should check out some of these great recipes!
Tips & Common Problems
Pineapples are some of the easiest and hardiest garden plants to care for. You simply need to plant them, follow the steps and they will grow and become adult plants, producing plenty of pineapples.
Avoid overwatering your pineapple plants, they do not need a lot. You can do this easily by planting them in well-drained soils, allowing the water to escape.
Scale insects can be an issue for pineapple plants, these bugs will suck the sap from your leaves and make them weak. To protect against them, you can remove them by hand but if the infestation gets out of control, consider using an organic pesticide.