Pineapple is a tasty and nutritious fruit, perfect for juices, desserts or to enjoy pure on a hot day. In addition to the delicious flavor, pineapple is a tropical fruit that has several beneficial properties to health: it is rich in fiber, minerals and vitamin C and helps in the proper functioning of the body.
Have you ever imagined having your own pineapple plant at home? In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about growing pineapple, follow along!
How to Plant Pineapple: Essential Information to Get Started
Pineapple is a tropical fruit of the bromeliad family and native to the Americas. Therefore, the pineapple is a plant that adapts well to hot, humid and high-light climates. Due to these characteristics, the pineapple likes coastal regions and, fortunately, withstands dry periods reasonably well.
The pineapple plant reaches about one meter in height and its ear-shaped fruit grows on top of the pineapple tree and must be protected from direct exposure to the sun when it begins to develop.
Pineapple planting is simple and very easy to do at home. You can grow your pineapple in a pot or in a vegetable garden, so you don’t need a lot of space to have a tree of this delicious tropical fruit at home!
To learn more about how to grow pineapple, read on and check out the tips we’ve put together especially for you.
How to make pineapple seedling at home: everything about preparing the seedling
To start planting your pineapple tree, you must first make a seedling. Regardless of where you will plant the pineapple so that it grows healthy, the seedling can be done through a ripe pineapple fruit.
1. Choose the perfect pineapple
Choose a fruit that is preferably organic and ripe. Crown leaves should be healthy and green, with no yellowish spots or insects. To find out if the chosen pineapple is at the proper point to make the seedling, pull some leaves from the crown and see if they offer resistance to be removed. If the leaves come off too easily, the pineapple is overdone!
2. Remove the crown
Now, you should remove the pineapple wreath, separating it from the fruit. To do this, hold the body of the fruit with one hand and use the other hand to pull the base of the leaves. Make a circular motion, twisting the crown to remove it completely from the fruit.
If it is too difficult to make this separation with your hands, cut the top of the fruit with a knife and remove the excess fruit back from the base of the crown. It is essential that the place where all the leaves join, ie the root of the pineapple, remains intact after this procedure,
3. Prepare the crown
The next step is to prepare the crown to start budding. To do this, remove some leaves closer to the base and expose the pineapple stem.
4. Start budding
Next, you will soak the wreath in water so that the root begins to sprout and the seedling is formed. It is necessary to use a transparent container of adequate size to leave the stem submerged in water, but without wetting the leaves.
Then, place the container in a bright place with direct sunlight. Change the water once a day and wait for the buds to form.
See how simple it is? Your seedling will be ready when you observe the formation of a root!
How to plant pineapple in a pot
Now that you have a pineapple seedling ready, it’s time to learn how to pot pineapple!
It is important that you use a pot with about 15 to 20 liters so that the plant has room to grow in a healthy way. The substrate for planting pineapple must contain fertile soil and organic fertilizer to ensure proper nutrients for plant growth.
A suggestion is that you use 70% soil and 30% fertilizer in the substrate of your pineapple tree.
To plant, make a small hole in the center of the pot and insert the stem, leaving the leaves to stick out of the ground. Use your hands to fix the seedling in the pot and the planting is done!
In the following video, you can see more details about the preparation of the seedling and how to plant pineapple in pots or beds. Don’t miss it!
How to plant pineapple in a pet bottle
Did you know that it is possible to grow pineapple using a pet bottle? Yes, believe it! Planting is very simple and perfect for people who have little space at home.
First, cut off the top of the bottle, removing the neck. Then drill small holes in the bottom of the bottle to ensure the water drains. And your vase is ready!
The soil for planting should be fertile and allow water to drain, so mix black soil and some sand. Then put the soil into the bottle, filling it to the top. Then make a small hole in the center of the bottle and place the pineapple seedling in there, leaving the leaves sticking out of the ground.
Below, you can see a video with an amazing tutorial on how to plant pineapple in a pet bottle. Stay in!
How to care for the pineapple: important tips
Once you’ve planted your pineapple, it’s important to keep it in a warm, light environment. Water the plant daily, preferring to add water in the morning, but be careful with excess water, as it can generate fungus in your pineapple tree.
Have patience for the growth and ripening of a new fruit, as the process can take up to 3 years! Before the fruit, you’ll notice a flower forming on top of the plant’s leaves and then it will change into the pineapple itself.
In the video below, you will learn how to know the perfect time to harvest your pineapple.
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