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Step by Step ~ Grow Your Own Pineapple Tree

Another Fun Blog Post by Designer Nicole ~ Enjoy and send us photos of your Trees! 

If you're anything like me, seeing the circle of life play out in gardening is absolutely astonishing.  Follow these easy steps and please let us know if you have results!

Step one: Obtain a pineapple with firm green leaves (not yellow or brown).  Make sure it's not over ripe by tugging gently on the leaves.  If they pop off, your fruit is too ripe for this project.  Make sure there are no scale insects ( these look like small gray spots at the base of the leaves).

Step two: Cut off the crown and strip some of the lower leaves so that some of the stem is exposed.  Trim any fruit flesh without cutting the stem.  The flesh could later rot your plant.

Step three: Turn the crown upside down and let it dry out for about a week so that the cut end and the leaf scars harden.

Step four: Float the crown in a glass of water until the roots grow out.  Be sure to change the water every couple of days and keep it away from temperature extremes.

Step five: Plant the crown in a 6" pot using a light garden soil with a 30% blend of organic matter.  Press the soil firmly around the base of the crown without getting any soil on the base.

Step six: Keep the plant moist but not wet, in a sunny, warm, and humid place where the evening temperatures do not go below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  If the conditions are dry, mist the plant regularly.

Step seven: Water the soil SLIGHTLY once a week

Step eight: Fertilize the plant with 1/2 strength fertilizer twice a month during the summer.

Step nine: LOOK FOR FLOWERS!!!  This may take up to a couple of years but eventually a red cone should appear from the center of the crown, followed by blue flowers and eventually a fruit!  It takes roughly 6 months for the fruit to be fully developed.  The pineapple will grow from the flower, above ground, in the center of the plant!!! 
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