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Pineapple plants are some of the weirdest, most amazing house plants there are to grow, and you can get fruit from them. The most affordable way to get started growing a pineapple plant is with a grocery store pineapple.
My own first few attempts to try growing pineapple plants from the crowns of grocery store pineapples did not go so well, you can read about that below or keep on scrolling to get to how to be successful at propagating pineapple plants from pineapple crowns.
Inception: August 24, 2017
As I witnessed from watching a few YouTube videos, I cut off the crown of my fresh pineapple, filled a jar with water, placed the crown in
Update: September 5, 2017- Yesterday, I trimmed the crown down more with a knife (from the bottom) after not seeing any progress with the plant. It has been a lot cooler since the solar eclipse, so I’m not sure if it’s just growing slower because of a lack of heat and sunlight. Yesterday, I moved the bar and the crown out into the middle of the yard to increase the hours of direct sunlight the plant (and the other plants received).
-Later this same day, I went outside to check on my pineapple plant to find it falling apart. The prickly leaves pulled free from the crown and appeared to be quite dead. I’m giving this attempt a #fail and will try again in a couple weeks.
November 2, 2017:
I ended up trying again a few weeks after that first failure…and killed it again. *sighs deeply* I suppose I’ll spend the winter doing more reading and research about growing pineapples and maybe try AGAIN next summer. I am a little disappointed in the pineapples but I do have plenty of avocado seedlings to entertain me throughout the winter, and on the bright side, I figured the dead pineapple crowns will be great for composting.
Apparently growing from crown is a lot trickier than others have led me to believe. One of these days… I will attempt again and succeed!
All of that is very sad and tragic, I have since figured out how exactly to grow pineapple plants from grocery store pineapples in an easy, highly successful way.
Remove the fruit of the pineapple from the crown
Put the pineapple crown into a planter with soil or soilless substrate
The crown of the pineapple plant only has so many nutrients to provide for the new plant you are attempting to grow so to make it as easy as possible on the plant to grow new roots as quickly as possible, you must provide it with nutrients.
Give your pineapple crown plenty of direct sunlight
A pineapple crown can turn into a plant within a few weeks if grown in the right conditions. I had the fastest and best success with propagating pineapple crowns in the summer outdoors in full sun. I must point out that I do live in the southern United States where the summers are very humid. Keeping your pineapple crown someplace with a high humidity will keep it from drying out before it can grow an adequate root system to become a pineapple plant.
Keep your pineapple plant watered and fertilized to support new root growth
You want to turn that pineapple crown into a plant with a sturdy root system. Although soil generally has plenty of nutrients to propagate a plant, the more nutrients you feed the pineapple crown, the faster it can grow roots and become a plant. As long as you are giving your pineapple crown plenty of sunlight, it should be able to turn all those soil nutrients into new roots pretty quickly.
I recommend using fish tank water or pond water if you have access to it for a low-cost/free and organic way to keep your pineapple crown well-fertilized.