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#96543 Jul 24th, 2007 at 02:32 PM
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Has anyone ever cut off the top of a pineapple and planted it? I heard about that today and wondered if it works. I don't think I could keep my cats away from it; they love to chew on the tops. It is interesting though.

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i have. it works. but if you aren't in the subtropical or tropical zone, you have to treat it like a houseplant that likes bright light. they are pretty cool!

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I have heard you can put the cut end in a jar of water and it will root then you can plant it, like you would a carrot top, I didn't know you could straight plant it. My kids want to do something like that in their room, but I'm afraid our cats will them like everything else we try and put out in the house. We have to keep all the plants in our room, they get better sun there anyway, lol.

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Hi Tamara,

Yep, it works! I thought I had posted about it here on the forum and wanted to post a pic of it. It took 4 years to produce a pineapple. I searched the web more and found when it was ok to pick it. Well, needless to say it was just like pineapples I had bought at the store. Once it bears fruit, it will produce a new pup and the mother plant dies off. The top from the produced fruit is now growing very healthy. Oh, we do have cold winters and I brought it inside during the winter.

Magnolia4moi #127141 Sep 10th, 2007 at 02:17 PM
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It works and here are a few links with instructions on how to do it:

Rick's Wood Shop: Growing Pineapple
You Grow Girl: Saving Pineapple

It's pretty easy. I have about 10 plants, and that's after I gave several away. I had to stop starting them because they can take up a lot of space.

I've actually found that the plants that I leave in water seem to be growing bigger and healthier. The down side is that they are a little more difficult to water, and if they get knocked over, the water spills everywhere.

I'll post some pictures later.


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Ok, so it took me a long time to get the pictures up, but I have a surprise for everyone. One of my one/two year old pineapple plants is bearing fruit. It's still just in water. That's how I know it's one to two years old.

Here's the pineapple forest.
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This was taken back in mid-March during a time when I was neglecting the plants a bit. I hadn't watered in two weeks or more. I went in and was really surprised at this little pineapple.
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Here's what it looked like about a month later. I missed most of the flowers, but I did catch the last one. You can see the dried ones surrounding the purple one.
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I need to take some more pictures now because it's a lot bigger. The flowers have shriveled, the top is more pronounced, and it's looking more like a pineapple although it is not as tall as the original fruit. Hopefully it won't take me another 9 months to post updated pictures.


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thumbup awesome. i need to do that!

#220178 Jul 5th, 2008 at 07:31 AM
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Love your pineapple! I got my first pineapple plant last year. it was already in bloom when I got it. I'm anxious to have one bloom for me, but I guess it will be at least another year.
Way to go!


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I am amazed, wish we could get whole pineapples to try it.


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Ok, here are pictures from 7/5/08. It looks like it's almost ready to pick, but I figure I can wait a little longer. Not bad looking since I first noticed the sprout in March...
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Theses three pineapple plants were propagated the same year. I don't know why the one decided to bear fruit and the others did not. The interesting thing is that these plants, which are still in the water I used to get the roots to sprout are bigger than the ones that got transplanted into soil.
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thumbup that's cool!

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Originally Posted by tamara
wish we could get whole pineapples to try it.

Do they not ship pineapples to Canada?


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Never seen them around here...probably in some of the other provinces closer to the border.


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