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How to Plant Pineapple

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Overview

Pineapple plants, part of the bromeliad family, are low-growing tropical plants characterized by spiny leaves. The fruit of the plant grows on top of the leaves. Pineapple plants can only survive in humid, temperate conditions. Their biennial growing habit means they do not flower until the second year. This flower is what becomes the fruit. Pineapples are easy to grow. All you need to start planting, is a pineapple and a sunny garden location.

Step 1

Till garden soil with a rototiller or rake 6 to 8 inches deep, working until the soil is a workable consistency.

Step 2

Remove weeds and rocks from the soil by sorting through it by hand.

Step 3

Till 2 to 3 inches of compost into the top of the soil.

Step 4

Rake the garden area level, smoothing the soil by dragging a rake back and forth across the soil until it appears even.

Step 5

Water the soil well until it appears saturated.

Step 6

Purchase a ripe pineapple from a grocer or farmer's market.

Step 7

Place the pineapple on its side on a cutting board. Use a knife to cut off the leafy top part of the pineapple, along with an inch of the fruit.

Step 8

Dig a hole in the garden area with a shovel deep enough to just cover the fruit attached to the pineapple leaves.

Step 9

Place the pineapple in the hole and cover with soil, leaving the pineapple leaves exposed.

Step 10

Water the soil surrounding the plant until it is saturated. Water the plant daily, excluding days that it rains.

Things You'll Need

  • Pineapple
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Rototiller
  • Shovel

References

  • Aggie Horticulture: Pineapple
  • University of Florida Extension: Pineapple Growing
Keywords: plant pineapple, grow pineapple, grow bromeliads

About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.

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