Pineapple Propagation


Question: I just bought a pineapple at the grocery store and was wondering if I could adapt this to a living plant that will grow my own pineapples.


This is one of the most rewarding projects from the kitchen. Not only will you enjoy  the pineapple you just bought but you will increase your propagation skills. Cut the top of the pineapple (Ananas comosos) off with an inch of the top fruit with it.    


Allow this to dry for a couple of days and set it into any good potting soil. Add extra perlite or builder’s sand to ensure good drainage.  Like many bromeliads, too much water can cause this top part to rot. It may take 18 months before your plant produces fruit. To force bloom, put10-12 grains of calcium carbide (found at many hobby shops) put into the bud in the warmer months (this process is called gassing).     


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