I love propagating food scraps. I get to eat yummy foods, I get a plant and it’s eco-friendly!
One of my absolute favorite foods that can be turned into a plant is pineapple. You can regrow pineapple super easily from just the top if you take the correct steps to prevent rot and allow roots to grow.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about propagating pineapple and growing your very own pineapple bush!
Note: If going through the trouble of pineapple propagation seems like a bit too much work for you, you can also just buy your pineapple plant online. We don’t judge.
Pineapple propagation step 1: Choose your pineapple
You can’t just use any pineapple to regrow. It has to be special.
Just kidding, but some pineapples are easier to propagate than others. When selecting a pineapple, try to bypass the ripe ones. I know buying unripe fruit seems like a bad idea, but the bushy crowns you’re after are often a bit too far gone on the very ripe ones. They are also more prone to rot. Try to go for a pineapple with green leaves that have some healthy looking new growth already forming.
Don’t despair about not getting to eat your pineapple because it’s green and doesn’t taste very good yet. I found out while propagating my pineapple that you can actually place the fruit in the refrigerator after removing the crown.
Leave it in there until it yellows (it can take up to a few weeks!) and it should be good to eat. It seems the cold prevents rot; my pineapple only had a few brown specks after four weeks in the refrigerator. The taste wasn’t amazing but certainly smoothie-worthy.
Pineapple propagation step 2: Preparing the crown
Once you’ve acquired your pineapple, it’s time to get the part you want: the crown.
The best way to remove this bushy part from the fruit seems to be to twist it off rather than using a knife. It can be a bit of a difficult task if the leaves are spiny like mine, so consider wearing garden gloves to get the job done. Just twist gently until the top comes loose and try not to smash too many leaves while doing so.
When you’ve got your pineapple crown, make sure there is absolutely no flesh left on it. Then, remove a few of the lowest leaves to expose the stalk. This allows the roots to grow more easily and helps prevent rot.
Pineapple propagation step 3: The boring part
Every propagation process has a boring part. You’ll have to be patient for this!
After preparing the crown, the easiest propagation method is to simply plop it into a glass of water, placing it in a light and warm location and leaving it alone. Succes may or not occur in about 2-5 weeks. Be sure to change the water regularly during this time.
Your propagation is a success if roots appear and no traces of rot or fungus seem to be present. Keep in mind that not all regrowing attempts work out: some pineapple crowns are just not destined for succes. Prepare to end up buying multiple pineapples and trying a few times before you manage to succesfully grow your own pineapple plant.
Pineapple propagation step 4: Potting up your pineapple plant
I’m a lazy plant person and tend to leave my succesful propagations growing in their glass of water for much too long. If you’re not like me, you can pot up your pineapple plant once it has grown plenty of roots.
An appropriately sized pot with a drainage hole such as this one should work well for your pineapple plant. Use a well-draining soil with some gritty material such as bark or perlite to enhance drainage. Place the plant in the sunniest location you can offer. Water regularly enough to keep the soil lightly moist (but never wet or soggy!) and your pineapple should start producing new growth after a few weeks or months depending on the season.