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Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Grow Pineapple Trees Indoors or Outdoors

I’m going to share a secret with you. I don’t have a green thumb. Anything I’ve ever purchased pre-potted, is going to die. I know it when I buy it but that doesn’t stop me from continuing to buy pretty flowers. I can however, start my own plants from seeds and they grow unbelievably well. I don’t know why. I can grow anything from fruit trees to any kind of vegetable, from a single seed.

One day, I decided I wanted to see how easy it was to grow a pineapple tree from a pineapple. It was so ridiculously easy, I’ve started quite a few and have given them away as gifts. You too can grow pineapple trees like a boss, even if you don’t have a green thumb.

Here’s how….

2 things you’ll want to keep in mind. Pineapple trees don’t need much dirt so they do well as indoor plants. Yes, you read that right. You can have pineapples growing indoors. The other rule of thumb to remember is that pineapple trees don’t need much water. The soil cannot be soggy. That’s a big no no.

This is the perfect time to start your pineapple tree. Keep it indoors throughout the winter months, and by summer, you will be able to set it outdoors. I always bring mine in during fall. They don’t like cold weather.

Step 1
Pick out a pineapple.

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Step 2
Cut the pineapple using your (amazon associate link as follows) Pineapple Slicer, Peeler and Corer.

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Step 3
Let dry for several days.

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Step 4
Make something yummy with the fruit. Don’t skip this step :).

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Step 5
Cut all of the fruit from the top until just the stem is showing. Peel back the leaves until you have about an inch of roots showing.

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Step 6
Plant the pineapple in a shallow pot or do as I do and reuse those plastic ice cream containers you have lying around. You can use organic soil if you prefer to grow organically.

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Year 1
Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

Year 2
You should see your first fruit in about 2 years. Be watching for the bloom.

Grow Pineapple Trees, Like a Boss

P.S. You can plant these outdoors if you have an area where they will avoid the frost and if you have plenty of room because they multiply.

What is your favorite slushie recipe using fresh pineapple? I’d love to try it.

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70 Comments

  1. Bernadette Siazon

    September 5, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I haven’t tried planting a pineapple. I don’t have a green thumb though, so I hope it can survive.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      It’s so easy even for me and I don’t have a green thumb either.

  2. Ricci

    September 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    What?! Guess who is buying some pineapple this weekend? Yep me! Gotta try this!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      I hope you have as much fun with your plants as I do mine, lol. I love to give them as gifts.

  3. The Cubicle Chick

    September 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    This is awesome. I would have never thought to do this. I might try it soon. – Yolonda

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      I hope you have a lot of success when you start your own pineapple tree.

  4. HilLesha

    September 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Wow, I would have never thought of this. I’ll definitely going to try this since it sounds like it’s effortlessly easy. Thanks for sharing this ingenious idea!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      You’re very welcome. I have to warn you that it’s a bit addicting to start new trees lol.

  5. Karissa

    September 1, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I love pineapples. I just don’t think I am patient enough to wait 2 years for one!! It is a cool process though!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      They make a cool plant for your house while you wait though :).

  6. Krystal

    September 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I love pineapples. Pineapples is my favorite fruit. I wish I could grow a pineapple in my yard and make fresh homemade shakes

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      They are my favorite fruit as well. Fresh pineapple burns my lips though for some odd reason, unless I refrigerate for a couple of days before eating. It’s so good with cottage cheese.

  7. Rose Cottrill

    September 1, 2016 at 11:13 am

    My father showed me this technique and we have grown our little pineapple trees in our backyard. Over here, I can’t seem to make it live longer when the weather changes.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      I keep mine potted to bring indoors when the weather starts getting cooler.

  8. Lisa Rios

    September 1, 2016 at 8:12 am

    My goodness, this is quiet amazing. I never know you could grow pineapple trees indoor as well. Such a simple & great idea which I could use as we have lot of space in our front yard.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      They are a hardy little tree and require very little care at all. I water mine with I think about it lol.

  9. Nikki Wayne

    September 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

    My grandma can do this! I missed her so much, she is a great planter.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 1, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Awww sorry you are missing her.

  10. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    August 31, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I had no clue that this is possible, very interesting! Two years sounds like a real while though I don’t see any real effort in cooperating with their growth anyway, it’d be nice to grow one.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      It doesn’t take any effort at all. Everyone loves getting them as gifts and I’m going to start more next week to a couple of people in our local nursing home who loves plants.

  11. Rosey

    August 31, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I think it would be fun to try. I’d not want a bunch though… so maybe I’d plant them at my son’s house and just take a few, hahaha

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      I only have a concrete area to keep my plants on so I keep them potted. It’s easier for me. My daughters plants theirs in the yard though.

  12. Jasmine

    August 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Oh my goodness I love this!! I didn’t know it was simple an that it looked so pretty when it grew! We eat pineapples all the time gonna give this a shot

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      That’s awesome that you’re going to try this. So much fun for kids to get involved.

  13. Louise Bishop

    August 31, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    This is so neat and I told me husband just recently that I wanted a greenhouse to grow pineapples! I just love them!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      I really love them as well. So juicy and sweet.

  14. Debra Schroeder

    August 31, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    What a cool trick! I’m so going to try that the next time we have fresh pineapple. I don’t make a lot of slushies. We use pineapple in green smoothies.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      I’ll have to try pineapples in my green smoothies the next time I make some.

  15. Shanéy Maharaj

    August 31, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Oh my, I love pineapples! I am so going to try this because I’ve been wanting for ages now to plant at home.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      You’re going to be surprised at how easy it is. Just remember to let the top dry well before peeling back the leaves and planting.

  16. Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy

    August 31, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    This looks like fun! I’d love to grow a pineapple tree.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      It is fun especially if you let your kids help you.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia

    August 31, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I love to add pineapple to my strawberry banana smoothies. I will have to try growing my own pineapple tree.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      That sounds like a great combination for a delicious smoothie.

  18. Kathy

    August 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve heard about being able to grow them like this. I keep forgetting to try it out though. I’ll have to pick up some pineapple and try growing one.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      I’d love to know how it turns out for you.

  19. Rose Pingol

    August 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I never knew about growing pineapples. This sounds and looks so easy to make!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      It’s one of the easiest plants I’ve ever attempted to grow and of course the rewards are tasty.

  20. Melissa Dixon

    August 31, 2016 at 10:00 am

    This is really cool. I didn’t know that you could grow pineapple trees like that but I am going to try this for sure. I think I will wait until the beginning of next season but it’s going down for sure!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      I don’t know why but I always start mine in fall. I will have to try one next spring to see how well that goes.

  21. Tina B

    August 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I love fresh pineapple, especially in my drinks! Who knew it was that easy to plant and grow your own!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      I love pineapple in my drinks as well. And so many of my recipes. It’s amazing in homemade pimento cheese.

  22. Christy Garrett

    August 31, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I have a pineapple that I need to cut up stat. I might have to plant my own pineapple tree. I just need to go get some soil.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      It does well in any soil that I’ve ever tried.

  23. Jasmine Eclipse

    August 31, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I grew up in Hawaii and my mom had pineapples growing in the backyard, so pineapples will always remind me of home. They’re also so cute when they start growing at the top of the crown!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      What an amazing place to live and I bet she was able to plant pineapple any time of year outdoors, there.

  24. Rocy

    August 31, 2016 at 8:30 am

    ohh wow I never knew this. I so want to do it now. Such a beautiful plant to grow

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      It’s pretty cool looking in my opinion.

  25. Nicole Etolen

    August 31, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I haven’t tried growing pineapples. This is a great idea, I love pineapples.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      I hope you’ll give it a try sometime.

  26. Liz Mays

    August 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, how neat is that! It would be amazing to grow a pineapple like this. I love this idea!

  27. Travel Blogger

    August 30, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    My daughter planted a pineapple tree with her great, great grandmother two years ago and ever since she is obsessed with growing them. :)

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      How fun and what a great memory for her to cherish.

  28. Taty Pradilla

    August 30, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I have always wondered how you plant a pineapple. We grow our own veggies and fruits out of seeds from previous plants. We couldn’t figure this one out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      These are much easier to me than growing veggies. And you’re very welcome.

  29. Mandi

    August 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    My husband wants to grow one of these for his office, Ill share it with him!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      That’s awesome that he wants to grow one. Plants help improve air quality.

  30. Elizabeth O.

    August 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I’ve never tried planting a pineapple before! That’s pretty cool. I didn’t know it took them that long to bloom though. It would be nice to give this a try! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      It takes runners longer than it takes growing them this way.

  31. Cindy Ingalls

    August 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I remember a friend of mine used to grow pineapple trees when I was a kid. It was so funny seeing the tiny pineapple. Kind of makes me want to try it myself.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I hope you’ll try it and pass your results along to others.

  32. Paula Schuck

    August 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Growing pineapples sounds like a ton of fun! I have a friend with a little kind of green house room. I’m going to ask for a corner and try my hand at it!

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      I’d love to have a green house room. I’d probably have better luck with plants I buy, lol.

  33. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    August 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    This is so fun! I did this once, and I grew a pretty massive pineapple plant. The kids had a blast watching it grow.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 5, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      My grand kids are amazed at how fast they grow. They love helping me care for the trees.

  34. Andi

    August 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Looks like a great idea – if i only lived in an area like that

    1. Terri Beavers

      August 30, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      If you have a corner in your home to put it, you can grow one indoors.

  35. Sylvia Kalungi

    August 30, 2016 at 10:59 am

    OOhh Wow I didnt know I could grow Pineaple out of the tropics. And I am gonna grow one Yayyy! Thanks for the tips

    1. Terri Beavers

      August 30, 2016 at 11:37 am

      You’re welcome. They are so easy to grow.

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