From Grocery Store to Garden, How To Grow Your Own Pineapple

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Who knew that the leafy crown of your next pineapple could be the start of a tropical adventure in your own home? Growing a pineapple from the top is a fun and rewarding project, even for beginner gardeners. Here’s a step-by-step guide to turn your kitchen scraps into a spiky houseplant (or even fruit, with some patience!)


  1. Choose your pineapple: Select a ripe pineapple with fresh, green leaves at the top. Avoid crowns that are wilted, yellowing, or show signs of rot.

  2. Twist and pull: Gently twist the leafy top of the pineapple, applying pressure at the base where it meets the fruit. It should detach easily.

  3. Clean up: Remove the bottom few rows of leaves to expose about an inch of the stem. This allows for better root growth.

  4. Drying out (optional): Some gardeners recommend letting the exposed stem dry out for a day or two in a well-ventilated area to prevent rot. Others plant directly in water or soil. Experiment and see what works best for you.


Method 1: Water Rooting

  1. Fill a jar or glass with clean water. Submerge the base of the pineapple top, ensuring at least an inch of the stem is underwater.

  2. Place the jar in a warm, sunny location. Change the water every few days to prevent bacteria growth.

  3. Within a few weeks, you should see roots sprouting from the stem. Once the roots reach about an inch long, it’s time to transplant.

Method 2: Direct Planting

  1. Choose a pot with drainage holes and fill it with well-draining potting mix.

  2. Make a hole in the center of the mix deep enough to hold the pineapple top securely.

  3. Plant the pineapple top, ensuring the base is covered but the green leaves remain above the soil.


  • Light: Provide your pineapple with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid harsh afternoon sun, which can scorch the leaves.

  • Watering: Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

  • Fertilizer: During the growing season, you can fertilize your pineapple plant once a month with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength.

  • Patience: It can take 18 to 24 months for a pineapple grown from the top to flower and fruit. Enjoy the journey of watching your tropical friend grow!

Bonus tip: While fruiting isn’t guaranteed when growing pineapples indoors, proper care increases the chances. If you see a flower stalk emerge, be sure to hand-pollinate it using a small brush to transfer pollen from the flower’s stamen to the stigma.

With a little care and patience, you can transform a grocery store purchase into a unique and rewarding houseplant, or even enjoy the sweet taste of success with a homegrown pineapple!