A fun, rewarding and inexpensive way to add new indoor house plants to your collection is to grow them from produce seeds or cuttings from fruit that is purchased at the supermarket. Starting your own pineapple or avocado plant is simple and doesn't take much effort to maintain. With a little time and know-how, you'll soon be able to grow a beautiful plant from seeds or cuttings that would normally be discarded.
How to Grow A Pineapple Plant
At the supermarket, choose a ripe, healthy-looking pineapple with a bright green crown and little to no brown leaves or brown-tipped leaves.
After eating the pineapple, save its top. Cut it through the crown region. This is done by cutting lengthwise across the very top of the pineapple crown. You will know when you have cut far enough because you'll notice that there are visible root buds that look like small, slightly darker spots in a circular formation. Remove as much fruit as possible from the plant. If you do not remove the fruit portion, the odds of the plant rotting and not taking root are high. Remove about 20 percent of the outer leaves as well.
Place four toothpicks into the core of the pineapple top and place it into a small container of water such as a a baby food jar or a votive candle holder. Keep the water clean by wiping down the container and providing water changes every other day. In a few weeks, the roots will begin to grow. Once there are significant roots, the pineapple top can be planted in potting mix in a terra cotta planter.
Water the plant lightly once or twice a week, taking care to keep the soil moist but not wet and heavy. Over-watering can cause root rot, which can harm or even kill your plant. Keep the plant away from air conditioners and drafty windows, as this is a tropical plant that thrives on heat, warmth and light. A sunny windowsill is an ideal location.
If you're lucky, sometime within 3 or 4 years your plant may even begin producing pineapples. There's no guarantee, but more often than not with the right care it's possible. Even if it does not, the pineapple plant is still quite a lovely addition to your collection of flora.
How to Grow An Avocado Tree from The Pit
Slice open the avocado and remove the pit. Wash the pit and remove any remnants of avocado. Wipe the pit clean with a paper towel.
Place three or four toothpicks into the sides of the avocado and place the pit on top of a baby food jar or glass votive candle holder. Fill it with water, making sure that the tip of the avocado touches the water. Change the water every few days and wipe the container clean once a week.
Place the container with the pit on a bright and sunny windowsill. After about 4 to 6 weeks, the avocado should begin to crack down the middle. A root will slowly grow into the water and shortly afterward, a stem will begin reaching up. Over time, leaves will begin to emerge as well.
Plant the avocado tree in soil as soon as leaves are evident. Water the plant about once per week and take care to ensure that the soil does not dry out completely between waterings. In some cases, 3 to 5 years after planting your avocado pit, the tree may actually produce avocados.