Ames, IA 50011-2031 Keep it moist until roots develop. Select a fresh pineapple with attractive, green foliage at your local grocery store. Remove some of the leaves near the bottom of the pineapple top. This article originally appeared in the 12/5/2003 issue. Imported Longhorned Weevil and Strawberry Root Weevil. Most plants mature in 2 to 3 years. Also, remove a few of the lowest leaves. Dust has accumulated on the foliage of my houseplants. The drying period allows the moist core tissue to dry and discourages rotting. Be sure to change the water every couple of days. Keep the rooting medium moist, but not wet, during the rooting period. Whether you want to root a pineapple in water or in soil, there are a few steps that you need to take in order to be successful. Keep the soil slightly moist and not waterlogged. Pineapples are slow growing plants. After 2 to 3 weeks, the plant can be placed in a sunny window. The drying period allows the moist core tissue to dry and discourages rotting. Using a soluble houseplant fertilizer, fertilize the pineapple plant once or twice a month in spring and summer, but only once a month in fall and winter. I see little root nubs on the sides. Also, remove a few of the lowest leaves. Water the root area and the center part of the plant, i.e. Water the rooting medium. Water the rooting medium. You can also fertilize the pineapple plant with a soluble houseplant fertilizer once or twice a month during spring and summer.. To root the top in water, fill a glass or bowl with fresh non-chlorinated water. I use regular potting soil, put it in a sunny place and give it plenty of water. Keep the soil slightly moist and not waterlogged. Cut off the top of the pineapple about 1 inch below the cluster of leaves. The plant can go outside in late May, but must come back indoors before the first fall frost. Place the pineapple top in the soil up to the base of its leaves. When using a fresh pineapple, don't throw away the leafy top portion of the fruit. Flowering (hopefully) should occur within 2 to 3 months of the treatment. Rooting should occur in 6 to 8 weeks. At maturity, pineapples are capable of blooming. If you have municipal water that is chlorinated, let it sit in a container overnight to distill before using it. The pineapple top should then be allowed to dry for several days. When propagating pineapples, you can use water to root the pineapple top. You don't actually have to root the top in water first. Water the rooting medium. Water the rooting medium. at the rosette whorl of leaves. Remove the top of a pineapple that has a healthy, leafy top, cutting about 1/2 inch below the leaf clusters. Use toothpicks stuck into the pineapple crown to hold it above the bottom of the glass. Reply. Water well. Ames, IA 50011-2031 The apple gives off ethylene gas, which stimulates flowering of the pineapple. Rooting should occur in 6 to 8 weeks. Keep the rooting medium moist, but not wet, during the rooting period. Week 2: Took a peek at my pineapple top..slowly removing the rocks and gel beads..so far seems doing good. When the roots have grown about 2 or 3 inches long, it’s time to transplant the pineapple crown. After 2 to 3 weeks, the plant can be placed in a sunny window. How do you over-winter geraniums as potted plants. Use a light soil mix with perlite and sand. Anonymous February 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM. Finally, place the pineapple top in bright, indirect light. it can be planted directly in soil. Fill the container with enough fresh water to cover the peeled back base of the pineapple: At this point, you are good to just place your pineapple top near a sunny window and wait and watch for roots to grow over the next several days. The leaves do look ghastly as expected, but the part of the leaves that is still green has a nice sheen, reminds me of my amaryllis when it finally adjusted to a similar rock/gel bead set-up. Only the part with the nubbins should be underwater, and you’ll want to avoid letting it touch the bottom of the glass. Trim away the outer portion of the pineapple top leaving the tough, stringy core attached to the leaves. Although it’s possible to sprout a pineapple in water, most people have better luck rooting them in soil. (800) 262-3804, Iowa State University | PoliciesState & National Extension Partners, by Richard Jauron, Department of Horticulture, Like us at Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, Like us at Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. What are the advantages and disadvantages of bare-root trees and shrubs? After drying, insert the pineapple top into perlite, vermiculite, or coarse sand up to the base of its leaves. Keep the rooting medium moist, but not wet, during the rooting period. When growing pineapple tops, you’ll need to provide at least six hours of bright light.Water your plant as needed, allowing it to dry out some between watering. Links to this article are strongly encouraged, and this article may be republished without further permission if published as written and if credit is given to the author, Horticulture and Home Pest News, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. You can see how to exactly do it in the video above. Finally, place the pineapple top in bright, indirect light. Water the root area and the center part of the plant, i.e. Keep the potting soil moist with regular watering. Watering: Pineapple plants prefer well-drained soil, so do not over water the plants. Keep the soil slightly moist and not waterlogged. Put the cup in bright, indirect sunlight for about three weeks while the roots begin to grow. Copyright © 2020ISU Extension and Outreach This article was originally published on December 5, 2003. Put the crown in a container or a cut-off bottle, 2 - 4 cm / 1 - 2 inches deep. At home, cut off the top of the pineapple about 1/2 inch below the cluster of leaves. Using a dilute fertilizer solution, fertilize the pineapple once or twice a month in spring and summer. Growing Pineapple Plants. Fertilization usually isn’t necessary in fall and winter.