How to Plant Pineapples in Flower Pots


Pineapples make for strange and interesting house plants. Their leaves grow in a circular spiral increasing their diameter for two or three years before producing a tiny pineapple on a stalk that rises from the center of the plant. The pineapple is a tropical plant native to central and South America and has evolved to enjoy a warm tropical climate. Put your pineapple in a humid bathroom or a heated porch where it will get lots of light and warmth.

Step 1

Fill an 8 inch clay flower pot with a well draining potting soil. Nurseries sell formulas for cacti that are ideal for pineapples.

Step 2

Grasp a ripe pineapple by the fruit with one hand and the leaves in the other and give the top a good twist. The crown and part of the core will come free of the fruit.

Step 3

Trim off the bottom inch of leaves to expose part of the stem. Use a knife to gently separate the leaves without damaging the stalk.

Step 4

Make a hole in the center of your flower pot and plant the crown so that the soil line comes to just below the leaves.

Step 5

Water the pot thoroughly and place it in a sunny place. Temperatures above 65 degrees F are ideal.

Step 6

Transplant your pineapple into a 12 to 15 inch pot in the following year to accommodate the growing root and leaf system.

Step 7

Move your pineapple outdoors for sunshine and fresh air during the summer months when the temperatures are above 65 degrees F.

Step 8

Fertilize once a month using a well balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer. Scatter 2 tbs. of fertilizer onto the soil and water it in.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pineapples have sharp spines on the edges of the leaves when they start growing. Wear gloves and protective clothing when handling your pineapple plant.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 inch pot
  • Potting mix
  • Knife
  • 12 to 15 inch planting pot
  • Balanced fertilizer


  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Pineapple Fruit Facts
  • University of Hawaii: How to grow Pineapples in your Home
  • UC Davis: Growing Pineapple Houseplants
Keywords: tropical house plants, tropical fruits, humid conditions

About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.