Propogating a Pineapple plant is not difficult. The hardest part is getting it rooted. You need to first purchase a mature and healthy fruit with firm green leaves on it. Here are the steps involved:
- Cut the top off the pineapple, removing all excess fruit flesh.
- Make horizontal cuts from the stem until you see root buds (small dots on the surface).
- Remove the lower leaves exposing an inch of the stem where you might find root primordia (baby roots).
- You need to let the stalk dry out for a few days before placing it in a glass of water to root.
- Place in a clear glass in a spot that is free of drafts and strong sunlight.
- Change the water out every few days. (should root in 3 weeks)
- Once roots appear you need to plant the crown in a well drained potting mix. (such as a cactus mix)
- Keep soil moist not wet. Place in a sunny spot or window.
- If you get roots and new leaf growth that’s a good sign
- Repot the plant after a full year of growth.
- It’s a tropical plant so it will need to be kept indoors for the winter in temperate climates.
note: I’ll keep you updated on how this experiment works out for me. Figured it might be a fun project for the upcoming dormant season. 🙂