Sunday, August 17, 2014

Growing Pineapples in Florida

A few years ago I wrote about growing pineapples just using the left over stalk of the pineapple once you have cut the fruit off. I include the link to that previous post here.  Coming to Fruition - Pineapples

It really is so easy to grow your own pineapples, I thought a follow up blog was in order, especially since we are having such a hot, humid and rain filled summer here in South Florida - the timing is perfect.

So you bought a pineapple at the store and you cut the top off and used the fruit......don't throw that stalk away!!

The  left-over top of the pineapple
Pull the bottom leaves off. I find they come off very easily if you go in a clockwise direction, rather than just pulling them downwards. You want to remove about 2" like the picture above. This is called a slip.

Plant your pineapple slip in a well drained, sunny location. It is important to remember that pineapples grow quite large - both upwards and their diameter can be well over 3 feet - and since they have rather sharp, spiky leaves that will nick a bare leg, so best thing is to not plant them too close to a pathway. Put a little well rotted organic compost in the planting hole. Pineapples do not need much water, they take in water through their leaves and, like the bromeliad family to which they belong, they do not have a very deep root system at all. Don't fertilize them with commercial fertilizer. Check on your slips every day for about two weeks, because any left over pineapple on the root stem can attract critters. If you find it has been dug up, just replant, no worries.

After 3 months your pineapple will look like this.

3 months growth

6 months growth

6 months growth

Somewhere between 18 to 24 months (yes they grow slowly), you will first notice, nestled among the leaves, a little flower floret. That is your 'baby' pineapple!! Then the floret develops into this - see picture below - looks almost like a pine cone, doesn't it?

Above - The baby pineapples loses no time in developing its own little head of leaves above the developing fruit.

Progressing nicely, but it hasn't yet flattened out those buds and is a way from being ripe.

Almost there.....

I tend to cut mine a little early and then let them sit in the fruit bowl with a few apples to ripen it off, otherwise the result is this....

"Aarghhh!!" - chomped on - eewww... who wants to eat that!

Growing pineapples is ridiculously easy, especially in Florida. Indeed, someways south of where we live, in Lake Worth, alongside the lagoon, there was once acres and acres of pineapples.

Do you have any experience of growing pineapples? If so what is your success and failure story?


  1. i have just received the most amazing gifts! my mom was growing pineapple plants when she passed away over 2 years ago, but my brother just brought me a pineapple that grew on her plants! then, i went to help my cousin clean out her moms house, who passed away a year and a half ago, and she gave me a pineapple from her plants! i have found it just so cool that these women had found a way to keep on giving, even years after they died! so amazing! glad you showed how to plant them, so i can get some going at my house! thanks, Dawn!!!

    1. I think that is a lovely story Julie! Good luck growing your pineapples, I am sure you will have no problems at all. I have also found they make a good critter barrier when planted in a row, those leaves are so spiky! ouch!


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