We’re beginning our sixth year of growing pineapples in our yard. It is the simplest form of “gardening” I’ve ever had success with, and you can do it too!
I began this pineapple pastime by planting a single pineapple top when my son was an infant, and by the time he was two years old he was able to pick his very own pineapple! We now have about 20 plants throughout our yard, and another 9 ready to plant in the ground. I’ve given away at least 10 plants in the last 18 months. If you add it all up, that’s nearly 50 pineapples in six years! Do I really need all these pineapples? No, but my son and neighborhood kids love finding ready-to-pick pineapples in our yard. Plus, they taste so good, so why not?!
I am sharing some clips and tips from our pineapple timeline, and I’ll include how-to instructions at the end. I hope you’ll follow along so you can experience the sweet rewards!
September 2013 – My first plant is finally growing a pineapple! It took two years to get to this point and I never did anything to take care of it! It’s beautiful!
January 2014 – Yay! Our grown-from-a-top pineapple is finally ready to eat!
March 2015 – Surprise! My pineapple plant is producing THREE pineapples at once! It has been 15 months since the first solitary pineapple.
I did not realize a pineapple plant could produce more than one fruit. I always heard that it would only make one pineapple. Turns out, the original stalk from the first plant will not produce another pineapple, but I did some research and discovered that slips and suckers develop – which are basically regrowth from the same plant – and those will produce new pineapples! Even better – these were ready in only 12 months!
July 2017 – They look so pretty inside as we wait for them to turn yellow. I prefer to pick them when they are fully yellow, but sometimes the weight of the fruit causes them to snap off more easily. No biggie.
Summer 2018 – Pineapples are still popping up in the yard. They are oh-so delicious and make a perfect summer snack!
Below are the steps I take to grow my own pineapples. There are various methods, but this is what has worked best for us.
Step 1 – TWIST off the crown of the pineapple and peel off the bottom few layers of leaves. This will expose tiny little nubs, which are tiny roots! You can see the center leaves are still healthy, but I’ve even had success with some that are not so fresh. I also like to trim off the brown tips from the leaves, but it’s not necessary.
Step 2 – Dig a tiny hole in the ground and insert the bottom of the crown, so the roots are in the ground. Potting soil is optional. I’ve also just plopped it in regular ground dirt. Mulch is also optional.
Step 3 – That’s it! Wait for it to grow! Your first plant will take about 2 years to produce a single pineapple, then they multiply from there. Once your plant is established and producing little slips/suckers on the side of the original stalk, you can gently twist those slips/suckers off and replant them to grow additional plants.
EVERYDAY MOMS CONTRIBUTOR, CHRISTINA EDWARDS, REALTOR®
I am a homeschooling mom of a first grader and have been with my husband for 18 years. As a life-long resident of Hillsborough County, it wasn’t until after I had my son that my love for this area was truly realized. Motherhood brought life experiences to a new level; with so much to do here and with community connections growing stronger than ever, this is a wonderful place to call home. I am a USF graduate with a background in finance and real estate. As a local Mom and Realtor® with Keller Williams Realty, I am able to share my love and knowledge of the entire Tampa Bay Area with you!