Where we live in Florida, before the area was developed, our town used to be a pineapple plantation. Which means, pineapples are perfect to grow here in Florida!
They are hardy, and great for beginner gardeners. The catch.. it does take at least a year to grow a mature pineapple, and can take up to 2 1/2 years (more on how to bloom the pineapples in another post). It’s worth the wait! Although smaller than a store bought pineapple, home grown ones are sweet and delicious. Ours are gone in a matter of minutes.
It’s easy to start a pineapple plant yourself, from one that you have bought at the store. When you go to cut it up, save the top, so that you can plant your own plant for your home garden.
We have a video on you tube to show you how to prepare the pineapple for planting if you prefer to watch if you prefer https://youtu.be/BwtIJyyBbAo
Otherwise, here is how to prepare your top for the garden:
- First, remove all the fleshy, fruit part of the pineapple.
- Next, remove the leaves from the bottom 1″ of the pineapple top
- Place the pineapple in a container with water. Make sure the container is NOT clear. Roots do not like clear containers.
- Replace the water once a week. After 3-4 weeks the roots will grow out and you can plant in a pot or in the garden!
Do this to every pineapple you have and you’ll end up with a plantation like ours 🙂