Did you know that you can grow your own pineapple tree from the green bit you usually cut off and throw away? It’s pretty easy too, here’s how.

You will need:

  • 1 x Pineapple
  • 1 x Jar
  • 1 x Pot
  • Water
  • Soil

cutting the top off a whole pineapple Step 1. Cut the top of the pineapple off, just below where the leaves start. Or you can twist it off by carefully grasping the lowest part of the leaves and twisting until it pops off.

Removing the bottom leaves from the pineapple top Step 2. Remove some of the leaves from the bottom, this is so leaves at the base will not be sitting in water.

Place the top in a cup of water Step 3. Fill your jar with water and place the pineapple top in the jar of water so that the base -- but not any leaves -- are submerged. Let the leaves balance the pineapple in the jar. The leaves will rot if they are touching the water. Keep the plant away from hot areas, such as sunny windows. Let the roots grow for about three weeks.

repotted top in soil Step 4. After substantial roots have appeared, fill a pot 3/4 full with potting soil. Bury the roots and bottom part of the plant in the soil.

Young Pineapple growing in the sunshine Step 5. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, placing the pot in a sunny warm spot.

It can take a couple of years before it fruits but the plant itself has wonderful long green leaves. They usually only produce one good fruit, I have heard of the plants producing a second fruit but it’s rarely as good as the first.

Happy Growing!

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