The luscious, golden fruit of pineapples makes people think of tropical islands and sunny beaches. Most of the pineapples grown in the United States are raised in Hawaii, but you can grow a pineapple plant in your home with a little care. Enjoy a pineapple from the store and save the top to plant. Under the right conditions, your plant may even produce a miniature pineapple fruit.
Select a pineapple at the store that is ripe and has green leaves. A ripe pineapple has a light golden brown skin and the leaves are still firmly attached. If you can pull out the leaves easily, the pineapple is too ripe.
Cut the top off the pineapple, slicing about 2 inches from the base of the leaves. With a sharp knife, trim off all of the flesh from this top piece, leaving the center core with the leaves attached.
Slice off very thin sections of this core until you see a cluster of lighter-colored circles on the surface of the core. These are the pineapple root buds.
Let this cut section dry for a couple of days. Meanwhile, peel and eat the rest of the pineapple.
Fill a glass 2/3 full of water and stick the pineapple top in the glass. The bottom of the top should be touching the water. The leaves of the pineapple will help hold the top up out of the water.
Change the water in the glass every other day. Roots should appear within three weeks.
Cover the bottom of a clay pot with gravel or broken clay shards. Loosely fill the pot with a potting soil designed for growing cactus. Scoop out an indentation in the center of the potting soil with your hands and gently settle the rooted pineapple top in this indentation. Gently rake soil around it to cover the roots, adding additional soil if necessary.
Water the pot and place in a sunny window. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. In six to eight weeks, your plant should begin sending up new leaves from the center.
Remove old leaves as they die. Water the rooted pineapple once a week. Repot once a year.