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How to Transplant Pineapple Plants

By Eulalia Palomo ; Updated September 21, 2017
Pineapples are a tropical fruiting plant in the Bromeliaceae family.
Close up of a single growing pineapple fruit image by Paolo Frangiolli from Fotolia.com

Pineapples are a tropical plant in the Bromeliaceae family. Native to Brazil and Paraguay, the pineapple has spread all over the tropical world and into the northern climates where it is grown in greenhouses, according to the California Rare Fruit Growers Association. Pineapples are tropical plants and are highly sensitive to cold. The ideal temperature range for growing pineapples is 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products.

Dig a hole twice as large as the planting area your pineapple is currently in. Break up the soil in the bottom of the hole using a shovel or garden fork.

Cut a circle around the root ball of your pineapple plant using a sharp shovel. The circle should be about two-thirds of the diameter of the foliage on the plant.

Lift the root ball out of the hole. Large plants will require the use of several shovels and a few extra sets of hands.

Wet the soil in the new planting hole until it is damp. Place the root ball of the pineapple into the hole so that the base of the stem is level with the surrounding ground.

Fill in the soil around the root ball a few shovels at a time. Pat the soil down as you go and sprinkle it with water. The soil should be damp but not saturated as you fill in around the root ball.

Water the area until it is thoroughly damp. Keep the soil moist but not saturated for the first week after transplanting so that the roots have a chance to get established.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Water


  • Once established, pineapples only need about 20 inches of water a year, according to the University of Hawaii. Keep an eye on the rainfall, and water sparingly.

About the Author


Eulalia Palomo has been a professional writer since 2009. Prior to taking up writing full time she has worked as a landscape artist and organic gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University. She travels widely and has spent over six years living abroad.