Paul Nickerson

Thanksgiving Pineapples!

In Propagation on November 19, 2010 at 1:04 am

Tonight we had our annual Thanksgiving Dinner here at the College. To top off a wonderful spread of delicious turkey, ham, potatoes and corn, Dining Services always prepares a beautiful dessert table, covered in pies, cakes, and a large variety of fresh fruit. While they are intended to be a display, it seems that the whole pineapples seem to disappear into backpacks and under jackets.

After a long search, I found a table of girls who were crowed around one such treasure, cutting it into pieces, and passing it around. A look of curious surprise came over their faces when I asked if they wouldn’t mind giving me the top of it when they were done. I explained that I planned on growing a pineapple plant in my room, and I would really appreciate it if they would save the top for me. Confused, one girl gladly cut the top off, and handed it to me.

This Thanksgiving, if you enjoy pineapple (one of my favorite fruits), capitalize on that investment, and prepare for years to come! Propagating a Pineapple Plant is as easy as any other succulent, and like succulents, there is debate over the most effective means of propagation: water, or dirt. Both are very simple.

Firstly, dirt. Simply cut the top of the pineapple off, attached to about an inch the actual pineapple. Place the cut flat on the surface of the dirt, and then, add dirt around the base, covering up the fruity part so that only the leaves protrude through the soil. Water, and allow to grow. There is much discussion out there as to whether you should allow the based to scab over prior to planting, but from what I have gathered, either way will result in rooting.

Now onto water. This is the one I chose. Simply cut the top in the same way as for dirt, but in this case, cut away off of the fruit, resulting in roughly a one-inch stem of core. Remove the lowest couple rows of leaves. Rest the top into a glass of water, allowing the cut area to be completely submerged. This will allow the plant to water-root prior to planting.

While this is a wonderful activity, and means by which to recycle what would usually be thrown away or composted, it is important to remember that your plant will most likely not mature to the point of fruiting for anywhere between 18-24 months.


  1. After a short while, the pineapple developed some mold around the cut edge. Apparently it is not a good idea to use such a scarred top to grow your pineapple plant. I have sense potted a whole pineapple top from a fresh, store-bought, pineapple. I will post some pictures once it starts to grow!
    Happy Growing!

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