How to Trim Pineapple Plants


The pineapple plant, in the Bromeliaceae family, originated in the tropical regions of South and Central America. Pineapple plants have long, sword shaped leaves that grow in a circular pattern from the center of the plant. As new leaves form at the top of the plant, the lower leaves turn brown and wilt. The leaves of a mature pineapple plant grow up to 5 feet long, and some varieties have sharp barbs along the length of the leaves.

Step 1

Look at the pineapple plant to identify any brown or wilting leaves at the base of the plant.

Step 2

Lift the healthy leaves up with one hand and reach down towards the base of the plant. Using a sharp knife, cut the dead leaf from the plant where it meets the stalk. Be careful not to cut the stalk.

Step 3

Continue removing leaves around the base of the plant until only healthy, green leaves are left. Only take leaves from the bottom of the plant. Avoid removing leaves from the top or center.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves and protective eye wear to prevent injury from sharp spines.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Shears


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension Program: Pineapple Growing in the Home Landscape
Keywords: pineapple trimming, pineapple plant care, pruning pineapples

About this Author

Eulalia Palomo has been a freelance writer since 2009, with her work appearing on GardenGuides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University.