How to propagate: Pineapple plant
You’ve probably seen her before: the pineapple plant! A houseplant with which you can grow your own pineapple in no time. Tasty? It certainly is! But what do you know about this special houseplant? Because she is definitely special. Officially the plant is called Bromelia Ananas, but you can just call it Pineapple Plant.
The pineapple plant ensures that there is less snoring. Yes, you hear that well! This tropical houseplant makes short work of that snoring of you or your partner. Put it on your bedside table and you’ll soon notice the difference. At least, if the fables are true!
How does a pineapple grow?
The pineapple plant is planted in a pre-planted soil. To actually grow pineapples you need a tropical climate. So the pineapple grows out of the ground! For a nice juicy pineapple there is 14 to 18 months to work. For a second fruit about 13 months follow. So it takes quite some time before you can buy a pineapple in the supermarket.
Despite its long growing process, the pineapple plant is an easy houseplant. The most fun? You can cut it yourself! How do you do that? We’ll tell you how, first we’ll explain how to take care of it. That’s at least as important!
Grow your own pineapple plant, right from the supermarket!
The best thing is of course to grow your own pineapple plant. How do you do that? We’ll explain it to you! It is easier than you think.
- Glass, vase(s) or mug with water
- Optional: plastic bag
Propagating a Pineapple plant in 4 steps
Step 1: Remove the crown of the pineapple
It all starts in the supermarket, greengrocer’s or market on the corner. Choose a nice pineapple!
Remove the crown from the pineapple first. You can remove the crown by twisting off the crown from the pineapple. Is this hard? You can also cut of the crown with a knife.
After removing the crown, you can carefully remove the pulp. If you leave the pulp on, your cutting can rot.
Step 2: Cut away the leaves
It is important to remove the bottom leaf of the cutting. If not, it'll take a lot of extra effort and energy from the cutting. The cutting needs all his energy to grow new roots.
Step 3: Position the cutting in water
To keep your cutting above water, it is important to position four toothpicks in your cutting. It's best to position the toothpicks in a plus. This way you can hang the cutting in a glass, without touching the water.
Step 4: Taking care of the cutting
The pineapple cutting grows best with lots of sunlight.
Change the water once in a while, and you will see the roots grow. Enjoy your new houseplant!
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Pineapple plant care
The pineapple plant is easy to maintain. If you position the plant in a sunny spot at least! Pineapple plants don't like sunlight directly on her fruit, but this can vary from plant to plant. Somewhere on the windowsill is fine! Make sure the plant doesn’t burn in the summer.
You might not expect it, but the pineapple plant is not a really thirsty type. Once a week is enough! Don’t water the plant through the sides of the plant, but on top of the fruit.
Do you think the plant gets too much water? If so, water the plant more often, instead of a lot once a week. Take it easy! That’s what the pineapple plant does too.