How to Grow and Care for a Pineapple Plant

Pineapple Plant

Quick Overview

Plant Type: Tropical
Family: Bromeliad
Sun Exposure:
Watering: Moderate - likes humidity
Colors: Green with yellow fruit
Size: 3 and 6 feet in height and width.
Hardiness Zones: 10-11
Soil Type: Sandy, Loamy
Soil pH: 4.5-5.5
Propagation: By removing the crown
Toxicity: Non-Toxic

If you are a fan of growing your own fruits and vegetables, the pineapple plant is for you! Pineapple is delicious and growing your own will be more satisfying than buying it from the store! Growing a fruit like pineapple can seem like an overwhelming task. But, by following this guide you can proudly harvest your very own pineapple plant!

This tropical plant can be tricky to grow in different climates. You’ll need to give your pineapple plant everything it needs to thrive. That means you’ll have to provide your plant with the perfect soil, a good amount of light, and water. Follow these steps to provide the best care for your new pineapple plant!

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About The Pineapple Plant

The pineapple plant is part of the Bromeliad family. Plants in the Bromeliad family grow on trees rather than in soil. This plant grows tall, almost sword-like leaves. The leaves grow in a spiral shape at the base of the plant. It will grow one flower stalk from where your pineapple will sprout from! The best part is the pineapple plant can be grown inside your home. They have become popular houseplants. There are few things more exciting than growing a pineapple from your kitchen counter!

But, it is important to note that these pineapples may not taste that great. It depends on what variety you are growing. There is a variety that is not edible. Those pineapples are best for propagating your next plant. We will go into more detail about this through the guide, but it is important to make note of that early on.

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How To Grow The Pineapple Plant

While these tropical plants may seem like hard work to keep happy, they are easy to care for. You can grow these plants by seed, but it is a bit time consuming. If you are looking to grow a pineapple plant from scratch, taking propagations from an established plant is your best bet. If you are up for a challenge and want to try your hand at growing from seed, it’ll take a while. You can start by getting a seed from the fruit and germinating it in an egg carton. All you’ll need to do is pop the seed in some soil, water it, and play the waiting game.

If that process seems long-winded for you, you can try propagating the plant or purchasing one from a garden center.

Propagating The Pineapple Plant

Propagating the pineapple plant is an important skill to learn. Regardless of which variety you grow, your pineapple plant will die after fruiting. To keep your plant growing, you’ll need to propagate. You can do so from the top of the grown fruit. You can regrow the entire plant from the crown of the pineapple. All you need to do is plant the top of your pineapple in soil or water. You’ll place it in the sun and see growth after about a month.

You can also propagate the plant from offsets growing from the mother plant. If you notice offsets on your plant, wait for it to grow roots. You can separate the rooted offset from the main plant and plant it in some soil. As mentioned, make sure you propagate your plant as it will die after fruiting. If you would like to keep growing pineapple plants, propagating is rather simple.

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Varieties Of Pineapple Plants

There are a few different varieties of pineapple plants. What makes each variety unique is its ability to grow a pineapple you can eat. If you have a mini dwarf pineapple plant in your house, the fruit it grows will not be edible. You can enjoy the tropical look of the plant in your house, but don’t try to eat it. If you have a regular pineapple plant, the fruit it grows will be edible! It has to be mature enough to eat, though, and that can take about two years to happen. Growing an edible pineapple indoors is difficult but you can do it outdoors.

Caring For Your Pineapple Plant

Watering & Pruning

Tropical plants are big fans of water and moisture. You should water them often, but it is important to make sure they are not overwatered. They do not like sitting in soggy soil. You will want to keep them evenly moist. You can achieve that by watering your pineapple plant about once a week. You’ll know it’s time to water your plant when the top of the soil becomes dry.

Humidity will be your pineapple plant’s best friend. If you worry it is not getting enough humidity, you can use a humidifier. You can even keep your pineapple plant in the bathroom. Running a shower and letting your plant take in the humidity will mimic the tropical environment it is from! Spraying your plant with a spray bottle of water is also a trick to keep it mosturized.

Do not prune your plants during the winter months. You may accidentally cut off new growth. Instead, you can trim and prune your pineapple plant during the spring. These plants will need trimming down occasionally as they grow large leaves.

Soil & Light

The key to keeping your pineapple plant happy is by keeping the soil from getting soggy. You can do so by using soil meant for succulents or cactus. This should keep your pineapple plant well-drained. You can also place pebbles at the bottom of your plant’s pot to soak up extra moisture at the roots.

The most important thing to take into consideration is the amount of light your pineapple plant gets. Since they are tropical plants, they enjoy getting as much sun as possible. A good, sunny windowsill is going to make your plant happy.  You can even put them outdoors during the summer months to really let them soak in that vitamin D. Your pineapple plant will need at least eight hours of direct sunlight a day.

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Fertilizing

Your pineapple plant appreciates fertilizer every other month during dormant periods. Once your plant has flowered, you can fertilize it every two weeks. Fertilizing your plant can also come in handy if the leaves are changing color. If you notice the leaves are turning light green, you can use a tomato fertilizer on your pineapple plant. You will want to water your plant before using fertilizer under these conditions.

Toxicity

Pet owners rejoice! Finding an indoor plant that is non-toxic to pets can be difficult. Unless your pet is allergic to pineapple plants, it is unlikely any reaction will happen if consumed. Of course, it is recommended you keep houseplants out of reach of pets anyway.

Pests And Diseases

Pineapple plants are not immune to pests. Mealybugs enjoy making a home on pineapple plants. You can combat these bugs easily. You can make a mixture of neem oil and water to spray on the affected leaves. These plants can also bring on gnats that are attracted to fungus. This is more likely to happen if your plant is getting too much water. If you let your plant dry out more between watering, it will prevent these gnats from visiting your pineapple.

As for disease, it is at risk of getting root rot. Root rot takes place when the plant has sat in too much moisture. You will know your plant has root rot if the leaves start to turn yellow and black. It isn’t easy to bring your pineapple plant back from root rot. Sometimes the disease can take over the whole plant. You’ll want to try to help your plant by removing it from the container. From there, you will remove damaged roots and place them back in the container with fresh soil. If your plant has root rot, it is likely the soil does not drain well. Make sure you try a different soil when repotting after treating for root rot.

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Takeaways

Growing a pineapple plant in the comfort of your home is surprisingly easy! Providing these tropical plants with enough sunlight is key to keeping them happy. They love moisture but do not like soggy soil. Make sure you find the perfect soil for these plants and water them about once a week. If you worry about your plant getting enough moisture, you can spray them down with a spray bottle or stick them in your bathroom and run the shower.

It’s important to note that your pineapple is only edible if you are growing a traditional pineapple plant. Mini dwarf pineapple plants do not grow edible fruit. The main plant will also die after it grows the pineapple, so it is key to learn how to propagate your plant. To keep growing the plant, you’ll need to start over after it fruits. Are you ready to take on a pineapple plant in your home? Share this guide on social media so your followers know it is a surprisingly simple task! Make sure you send this article to your friend who loves pineapple. It could encourage them to try to grow their own.