So you buy a pineapple at the grocery store, eat all the goodness up and have tons of rind leftover. You throw the pineapple top in the trash, and you feel a little twinge of guilt as all that weight hits the bottom of the can. You throw it in the compost and you feel much better, but you still feel like you are missing out on an opportunity. Why? Because you are throwing away a pineapple! That pineapple top can usually grow a whole new plant if you give it soil and water and light, and this time of year is the PERFECT time to give your pineapple a head start on the growing season. The roots begin to develop before the leaves and fruit, so growing your pineapple indoors while it is getting established and then allowing the pineapple to have more light before it fruits (this summer) works perfectly!
The soil should nestle right in around the bottom of the first set of leaves.
Water it in as you would any new transplant. Too much water will flood it, but it needs a little to settle in.
Wait a few months and you'll likely have a brand new pineapple!
UPDATE | Several weeks later...
UPDATE | Several months later...
See those bright green leaves? They are brand new leaves that have grown with no help from me. A little water once in awhile and a little leftover coffee as "fertilizer" and the pineapple top has taken care of itself! Most of the old leaves have fallen off, but if you look closely, you can see a few left at the the very bottom of the pot. By the time spring and summer roll around, this plant will be more than ready to head outdoors!
NOTE: Many supermarket plants are hybrids and don't grow true from seed. Planting a piece of the original plant however, (like this pineapple top) ensures that the fruit that grows will be just like the parent plant. There are many naysayers on whether pantry and grocery store "chunks" and roots will grow, but I've found a lot of success with them. You have nothing to lose, but the most minimal of time. It is fun for you and GREAT fun for the kids.
How is that for a nifty new houseplant? Better than the common, spiky mother-in-law's tongue, yes?? What do you have to lose? If you want a little green in your window, just pop that pineapple top into a little soil! At the very least, you have a new houseplant for free. At the most, you will have a pineapple plant that grow large enough to produce fruit year after year! Alternatively, you can plant sprouting potatoes from your pantry, beet and turnip tops, leek roots, green onion roots and many more plants from grocery store and pantry "trash". What do YOU grow from the trash?