March 27, 2017

AN EASY DIY PROJECT: GROW YOUR OWN PINEAPPLE PLANT

This is a fun little DIY project, and with only 4 easy steps the kids will love it too! Turn your left-over pineapple crown into a beautiful house plant and grow your own.

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My kids absolutely love pineapple, and we're currently getting through several a week. Normally we throw all the scraps in the compost, but after seeing this simple tutorial by Kate Amelia we're going to have a go at growing our own. Warn the kids to be patient though as it can take 1-2 years for the plant to produce fruit. In the meantime you'll have a lovely new plant to brighten up your home! Let us know how you go...

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Step 1. Remove the pineapple crown (the part with the leaves). You can twist it off or chop it, removing as much of the flesh as possible. Twisting it off is actually much easier than I thought it would be, you just need a firm grip.

Step 2. Sit the crown upside down and let it dry out, up to a week. This allows the base of the crown to form a bit of a callous, similar to succulent propagation.

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Step 3. Peel away 2-3cm of leaves from the base of the crown and place it in a glass of water by a sunny window. You only want to submerge the exposed part of the crown (toothpicks can be used to keep it in place). Change the water every few days and soon roots will sprout from the base of the crown.

Step 4. Once the roots are at least 1 inch long you can plant your pineapple crown! A light garden soil with roughly 30% organic matter will do nicely. Pineapple plants love the sun so keep it in a sunny spot, indoors or out. If you live in a cooler climate, bring the plant indoors for the winter and make sure it gets plenty of sunlight. A good misting to keep the humidity up also helps.

 

 

Source: Kate Amelia

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