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How to Grow a Pineapple (From the Grocery Store)


(Ananas comosus) 

The pineapple is a tropical fruiting plant in the Bromeliad family, native to South America. They are easy to regrow from the grocery store, and they do well in containers! Here's a step-by-step guide for you to grow your own pineapple at home:

Pineapple with top twisted off


Step 1:

First, twist the top off of the pineapple when it is ripe (not overripe, not underripe).

Step 2:

Removing the leaves from a pineapple to prepare it to grow

Next, remove the bottom inch or so of leaves, exposing the stem.

Step 3:

Then pop the pineapple top outside to dry in the sun. It usually takes 1-2 days, and you'll know when it's ready when it dries slightly (also known as 'callusing over'). This prevents the pineapple from rotting.

Step 4:

Pineapple growing in water

Place the pineapple top into a glass half-full of water (don't let the leaves sit in the water, but the stem should be submerged). This will allow it to develop roots before planting it.

Alternatively, plant the pineapple top directly into moist cactus mix. A 6" terra cotta pot works perfectly. Water regularly and watch it grow.


That's all there is to it! As you can see, regrowing a pineapple plant from a grocery store pineapple is an easy, fun project that anyone can do. Stay tuned for more tutorials, and comment below what grocery store produce you like to regrow!

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