How to Grow Pineapple at Home?

zContrary to what some people think, pineapples don’tgrow on trees — they grow out of the ground, from a leafy plant. The plant consists of stocky leaves whorled around a central stem.

The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with an edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, also called pineapples, and the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family.

Pineapples may be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit,[possibly flowering in 5–10 months and fruiting in the following six months.  Pineapples do not ripen significantly after harvest.

Pineapples can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved. They are found in a wide array of cuisines. In addition to consumption, the pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber piña in the Philippines, commonly used as the material for the men’s barong Tagalog and women’s baro’t saya formal wear in the country. The fibre is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.

The edible part of the fruit is the core and if consumed in moderation, it can provide numerous health benefits. However, you should keep in mind that even though the skin of the fruit is not poisonous, eating it unripe can cause toxic effects.

In order to reach the stage of maturity, pineapples need approximately three years. Since the fruit usually has a high price, you can choose to grow pineapple at home as well. Follow the instructions we provide you in continuation.

Note that you should not worry about the lack of tropical climate, because pineapples can be low maintenance home plants as well and prosper in different climate conditions.

In order to start the process, first of all you need to buy one pineapple with firm and green leaves. The skin should be golden brown and the fruit should be firm. But, it is important to make sure that the fruit is not unripe. In order to be able to produce a new fruit, the pineapple has to be ripe.

Grasp the body of the fruit with one hand and grab twist the leaves with the other one. In this way you will make sure that the base of the leaves will stay intact.

What you need to do next is to strip off some of the leaves in the lower part to expose the stem. By this you will enable the stem sprout roots.

Turn the pineapple upside down and let it dry for a week. It is recommended that you leave it in a dry place where there is a direct sunlight. The place where you previously made a cut will get harder.

Fill a big glass with water and put the pineapple crown inside it. You are supposed to change the water every three days. Place the crown away from extreme temperatures (heating vents). This part of the process should last three weeks. After that period you will notice root growth on the bottom of the crown. This means that you need to approach the next step, which is planting the crown.

Prepare a pot of soil (make sure it has a 30% blend of organic matter) and plant the crown inside it. Gently press the soil around the crown without getting any soil on the leaves.

The plant needs sunny, warm and humid environment. Also, you need to water it lightly once per week.

This part may take a few years and this is why many people don’t decide to grow pineapple at home. However, if you are persistent, you will notice a red cone from the center of the leaves after some time. This is followed by blue flowers and later on, fruit. The fruit needs another 6 months to develop.

If the above instructions were not enough for you to get an idea of the process, you should have a look at the video: yourfoodcorner.com

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