Pineapples got their name from Columbus on his voyage to the Caribbean. The new fruit reminded him of the segmented exterior of the pinecone. Additionally, the flesh inside reminded him of the apple. Thus he combined the two and called them a pineapple.
Surprisingly easy and fun to grow!
Toxic to pets if ingested.
Native to South America.
Native to South America.
This Plant's Kindred Spirit is:
Fun to be around
Great For People Who…
Great for people with pets
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who love the tropical vibe
Great for people who love flowering plants
Great for people who like to grow edibles
Great for people who love rainforests
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
Great for spaces with higher ceilings
Great for spaces with bright indirect light
Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis
Ananas comosus Care Guide
Enjoys bright, indirect light.
Water thoroughly when the soil surface is dry, but avoid making them soggy.
Thrives in high levels of humidity.
Temperatures cooler than 28°F will kill this plant. Cover and protect this plant from sudden drops in temperatures or bring them inside.
Outside: Grow in partial to full sun (4-8 hours) where nights are above 45°F.
Indoors: The pineapple prefers bright, indirect light for at least six hours in a southern, eastern and western windows.
Apply a balanced fertilizer that is water soluble. Soak the soil being careful not to wet the leaves on the plant. Fertilize all around the plant in different spots making sure all the roots get food.
When receiving the plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months.
Repot in the spring, using a 2" wider pot. Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage. Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow to drain. Water your plant in the old pot and let sit an hour before transferring.
Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.
Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.
Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.
Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil. You may observe some leaf changes as they acclimate to their new environment. They may suffer some transplant shock depending on how tight the roots were intertwined together. Trim off any declining leaves as they regain energy and gets rooted into the soil over time.
Using a sharp knife, trim off any dead or damaged leaves from the bottom half of the plant to keep energy moving to the healthy leaves. Shower the leaves using a watering can with filtered or rainwater to remove dust. Remove any debris on the soil and replenish soil if needed.
Cut about half an inch below the leafy top of the pineapple. At the bottom of the stem should be root buds or brownish bumps.
Peel the lower leaves by pulling downward around the stalk by an inch.
Let the top heal for several days before planting.
Use a well-draining soil mix with perlite added for good drainage.
Place the stem in the soil and add additional soil around them up to the leaves, and water the soil thoroughly.
Keep the rots moist as the roots establish. Place them in medium to bright indirect light.
Check on them in eight weeks to see if the roots have anchored by tugging on the leaves.