Instructions For Growing Pineapple - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Eileen Balem
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Question by emb018
December 13, 1997
I understand that you can separate the green leaves with bulb from the fruit part of the pineapple and grow a new pineapple plant from that. Can you provide me with instructions?

Answer from NGA
December 13, 1997
This is always a fun project. Select a healthy pineapple at the store. A healthy pineapple will be one that has a top that still looks green, and that is not moldy or dried up. Try pulling a small leaf out of the center of the pineapple. If it comes out easily, its probably better to move onto a different pineapple. Cut the leaves of the pineapple off just above where the stem comes out of the top of the pineapple. Do not leave any of the fruity part of the pineapple on the stem. Pull off the outer leaves of the pineapple stem leaving 4-6 big leaves near the center, and whatever small leaves are hidden inside. Set the shoot aside for a couple days so that it will harden off, and be less susceptible to rot. Put the shoot in some water about 1/2 inch deep. (The water should not touch the leaves.) Pint canning jars are good to use. Set the shoot in a bright spot out of direct sunlight for a few weeks while roots develop. After roots have developed, transplant to a pot or garden spot containing soil that drains well. In northern climates, pineapples will freeze if not brought indoors for the winter. Remember, pineapples prefer bright locations. I can't insure the plant will grow, but, if you follow the directions above you have a great shot! You do of course, have my best wishes.

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