Growing your own food is so trendy nowadays. There are two good reasons for this: you will have pesticide-free food and you will save quite a lot of money. More and more people have realized this and have turned their decorative flowers in the gardens into organic fruits and vegetables.
However, you will need something to start with, so here we offer assistance with your very first pineapple plant. With devoted care, it can grow in a wonderful pineapple tree and bear fruits with mellow taste.
First of all, we give you some general facts that you should be familiar with before planting a pineapple:
- Pineapples are actually bromeliads, and so do not ever have seeds.
- Pineapples do not need much water, so do not exaggerate, because they will endure even with a small amount of water.
- You can grow the pineapple in hot and sunny climates, but it will also survive and grow well in shade.
- Because pineapples do not have big roots, they do not need a large amount of high quality soil, which may save you money, as well.
- Pineapples need slightly acidic soils, which most of the gardens already have, so you can simply use the soil from your garden to fill the planting pot.
- a pineapple fruit (any size)
- a little glass container of water
- a planter
- potting soil
Step 1: Buy a nice and ripe pineapple fruit. Make sure your pineapple is healthy that is it does not have any soft spots on its thick rough skin. It is recommended you buy an organic pineapple fruit, so your very first home-grown pineapple grows organic too.
Step 2: Rinse the fruit, and then place it on its side on a cutting board.
Step 3: Cut the top green area (or the crown) along with 2.5-5 cm (an inch or two) of the sweet yellow flesh. Dry the crown in the sun for a few days. Then you should pull out only the outer stiff leaves, while leaving the inside ones. Put the crown into a small glass container with about 1cm (half an inch) of clean water, so the bottom is dipped into the water, while the leaves float above the water level.
Step 4: You should place the glass container in a sunny place, next to a window pane or outside in your garden for at least 2 weeks. Change the water every 2nd or 3rd day.
Step 5: In a fortnight, the crown will produce roots and be ready for planting, so prepare a suitable planter with potting soil in order to plant it.
You should water your plant just enough to keep the soil wet. It is recommended to expose it to the sun for at least 6 hours a day. You should place it in your home or in shade for the rest of the day.
You can grow your pineapple plant for about a year in your planter. When it outgrows the planter, you can replant it in a bigger pot or plant it directly in your garden.
You can expect your first pineapple fruit in 12 months’ time or even sooner!
via: dietoflife; source: tropicalpermaculture