These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. If absent, the top of the pineapple will pull from the soil revealing the absence of new roots. When outside, spray the leaves in addition to wetting the soil so that the cups at the bottom of the plant are filled. You need only wet the soil once a week, and when the plant is indoors, it is best to apply all the water to the soil. Bring it in early in the fall, by mid-September. Do not rush this process or fertilize at this point. 3) grow two crowns as one will likely not be as strong as the other. On top of the refrigerator will work. If they are present, they will resist your tug. It also has pink recurved spines so caution must be exercised when working around the plant. The small brown-colored bumps below the leaf scars are root primordia (baby roots waiting to grow) and there may even be a few short roots at the base of the crown . Pineapples like to get at least 6 hours of bright light each day. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. The pineapple, however, uses its roots like houseplants with which you are familiar and should be easy to grow if you treat it like a normal houseplant that needs bright light. When heart rot occurs, the plant can sometimes be saved by pouring a fungicide into the heart (center) of the plant. If the plant stops growing during its growing season, take the plant out of the pot and examine the root structure carefully. If it pops out with ease, the fruit is overripe. If roots have developed with the new leaf growth, it is a sign that things are going well. Then you can repot the healthier one. Your email address will not be published. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Do not take your plant out of the house until all danger of frost is past. During this change, the fruit becomes sweeter and the color of the flesh changes from white to yellow. Did you know that the leafy top of store-bought pineapples can be rooted and grown as an interesting houseplant? This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Did you know that the leafy top of store-bought pineapples can be rooted and grown as an interesting houseplant? A third method is to place a small lump of calcium carbide about the size of your little fingernail in the center of your plant and pour a quarter cup of water over it. Once roots appear, plant the pineapple in a fast draining potting soil such as a Bromeliad or Cactus Potting Soil mixed with a third perlite. Avoid getting soil into the central leaves of the crown. Once you bring the pineapple home, cut off the leafy top part (about an inch below the leaves). You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. You can then return to longer days. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. All can be removed by washing the leaves with soapy water, rinsing after with clear water. Then remove some of the lowest leaves. This easy indoor gardening method is a fun project for the whole family to take part in. Then again, it must never sit in soggy soil. If you live in a temperate climate, your pineapple must divide its time between your house and your porch or garden. When you first remove your plant from your house, keep it in a semi-shaded spot for several days to prevent sunburn. See the photos below of my 2 pineapple plants after their 2nd repotting.