Imagine the delight when pineapple lovers succeed in growing their own pineapple plant to produce a pineapple fruit. Although it may seem unlikely, planting and growing a pineapple plant in a container is neither difficult nor time consuming. Start your new pineapple plant with the crown of a pineapple you purchase from the produce section. After trimming it carefully, you can then plant it in potting soil and tend it as a houseplant.
Prepare the crown of the pineapple. Cut the top of the pineapple off from the rest of the fruit by slicing straight across the fruit. Remove as much excess fruit from around the base of the crown as possible to eliminate rotting. Look at the bottom of the crown and you should see dark dots encircling the stem base. These are "root buds." Cut away as much fruit from around the root buds without cutting into them. If you desire, you can cut away the bottommost leaves from the pineapple crown so that slightly less than 1 inch of the base is visible.
Set the crown upside down in a warm and dry location for one week to dry.
Prepare the smaller terracotta pot for planting. Place a large rock or a piece of broken pottery over the drainage hole inside the pot. Add approximately 1 inch of gravel to the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with potting soil.
Place the dried pineapple crown onto the top of the potting soil and add a small amount of additional potting soil to cover the base of the crown. Tamp the soil down firmly with your hands around the pineapple crown.
Water the pineapple immediately after planting to saturate the soil. Water the pineapple plant one time per week by pouring the water carefully onto the soil around the plant until the soil is moist.
Place the pineapple plant in a sunny window if it is below 60 degrees F outside. Alternatively, use a grow light if you do not have a sunny indoor location, keeping the grow light on for 12 to 14 hours each day. Move the pineapple plant outdoors to a sunny location during the summer months.
Fertilize the pineapple plant every three months with the all-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Sprinkle the fertilizer around the soil of the container, consulting the package for measurement recommendations for the size of your container. Water the soil just to moisten it after sprinkling the fertilizer.
Transplant the pineapple plant to the larger terracotta pot when it outgrows the smaller pot. Check the plant for signs it is becoming root bound (roots growing to the edge of the current pot). When you notice this occurring, prepare the larger pot in the same fashion as you prepared the smaller pot and move the pineapple plant to the larger container. Water the pineapple plant generously after transplanting.