How to Plant a Pineapple Seed

Overview

Pineapple is perhaps one of the most recognizable fruits available, both by its appearance and sweet flavor. The trees generally only reach heights of 5 feet tall, so they can be grown inside no matter what type of climate you live in. For home growers, pineapple plants are usually started by planting the crown of the pineapple, but they can also be grown from seed. Due to the characteristics of pineapple seeds, they need special care in order to germinate.

Step 1

Nick the very tip of one end of the seed with nail clippers. Pineapple seeds have very hard shells, so if a small portion of the seed's flesh is exposed, it is more likely to germinate.

Step 2

Fill a small clay pot with potting soil. Add enough water to thoroughly moisten the soil.

Step 3

Drop the seed on top of the soil in the center of the pot. Press the seed into the soil about ¼ inch, or as deep as the seed is long. Brush the soil over the seed lightly to cover it.

Step 4

Cover the pot with plastic wrap to keep the soil moist and the air humid. Place the pot in a sunny window.

Step 5

Add more water to the pot if the soil dries out at any point. Leave the plastic wrap on until the seed germinates, possibly up to 6 months.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail clippers
  • Potting soil
  • Clay pot
  • Water
  • Plastic wrap

References

  • All Experts: Growing Pineapple From Seed
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Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.