A great way to grow a lovely plant and eventually your own pineapple too is so easy!!
All you have to do is cut the spiky end of the pineapple off the top (with about an inch or 2 centimetres of the top of the actual fruit of the pineapple) of any pineapple you buy and then plant the base part in the ground with the spiky parts sticking up the top either in the ground or in a medium to large pot.
It takes approximately 2-3 years for the plant to get to full size and to fruit, but in the meantime, they look gorgeous and it is ever so exciting when the pineapple “has a baby” starting to grow out of the centre of it! Sadly they plant will slowly die after fruiting, however you can just start the whole process over again by cutting the top of your pineapple that you grew and replanting it – the whole “Circle of Life” (cue Lion King them music and silouttes animals walking in single file along the horizon: “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba….Sithi uhm ingonyama”…….
Being a terrible gardener historically, I have never been more excited about a plant before, I almost feel like a Grandmother, my baby is having a baby! Ha ha ha!
I will post updated photos as our baby pineapple grows to show you too!
So fun to teach the kids about gardening and about where fruit comes from and is a bit of science education for them too, plus you get a lovely plant and a yummy pineapple too! We do tend to cut the tips of the leaves off ours though as they can be a bit spiky to have near children.
Have fun with it!