A pineapple is one of the most exotic and sweetest of the tropical fruits. Interestingly, pineapple can be grown at home with only minimal fuss. The store-bought pineapple carries the start of a new plant with it. All you need is a pot to grow it in, a little patience and loving care.
Buy a pineapple. Cut off the top part with the green stem.
Carefully cut away the fleshy part of the pineapple around the base of the stem until you see root buds. These are small, round growths at the base of the stem. Be careful not to damage any of the buds.
Remove the bottom leaves from the stem, exposing about 3/4 of an inch of the base of the stem. The small nodes you see where the leaves were attached are root nodes. Tiny roots may even be visible.
Place the trimmed crown, with the base up, in a dry, shaded spot for five to seven days, allowing it to dry out somewhat. This prevents the stem from rotting after planting.
Place a small curved shard of a clay pot in the bottom of your 8-inch clay pot. The shard will keep soil from falling out the hole while allowing water to drain. Fill the bottom 1 inch of the pot with gravel. This also encourages good drainage. Fill the rest of the pot with potting soil.
Shove your pineapple stem into the potting soil so it covers the 3/4-inch space where you removed the bottom leaves. Water the plant well, allowing any excess water to drain out. Place the pot in a sunny location.
Spread houseplant fertilizer granules on the soil around the stem, not in the leafy part of the crown. Use water to carry the fertilizer into the soil. Fertilize your pineapple every 60 to 90 days.
Keep your pineapple warm. Don't set it out if there's the possibility of frost. Allow your pineapple to receive several hours of direct sun each day, but don't let it get above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Water it thoroughly once a week.
When your pineapple appears to have outgrown its pot, replant it carefully into a larger pot. Make sure the pot is well-drained and fill with potting soil. Expect your pineapple to bloom and bear fruit after it has reached 24 inches and is about 2 years old.