How to propagate pineapple

I have long wanted to add one exotic plant to my plant collection. They haven’t been sold in the store, so you should grow them by yourself. Since it’s a lucky game – whether it takes root or not, it took me at least a year. Not that I tried every day, I just didn’t always have a part of the plant. This plant is a pineapple.

Some facts about pineapple

  • The pineapple was first brought to Europe in the 17th century, specifically to England, and was used as a decoration, not for food;
  • It is the source of manganese (44%) and vitamin-C (58%);
  • The long leaves of the pineapple plant were used to make Piña fibre, which was a luxury item at these time;
  • Pineapple contains many antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, diabetes and, to some extent, cancer;
  • Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme in the digestive tract, and it helps to break down proteins that help digestion;
  • This same bromelain also helps to recover from surgeries, hard training, burns, swelling and more.


You can easily plant pineapple from the leaves, but often it goes rotten and you have to throw it away.

I, too, had to buy several pineapples from the store so that something would finally come. Sometimes I forgot that I had to put it in the water, then when I did it went to rot – sometimes it seemed like it was going and then it still went to rot.

Now on Monday (25.01), I put my last pineapple leaves in the water and it usually takes 2 days for the roots to rot. This time, everything was fine even by Wednesday evening. On Thursday I started to see the tips of the new root and I immediately realized that this could become a new plant. I immediately started researching from Google to see how, where, how long, what, and so on. Finally, I concluded that if I wanted a pineapple tree, I should give it some kind of fertilizer or something to help it take root. I’m not really a big fan of fertilizers, but I believe that in 2-3 years, this fertilizer will go out of the plant and it won’t bear fruit. (Pineapple fruit should come with this method of planting somewhere in 2-3 years.)

On Monday (25.01), I put my last pineapple leaves in the water and usually it takes 2 days for roots to rot. This time everything was different because roots were okay even by Wednesday evening. On Thursday I started to researching from Google: how, where, how long, what, and so on. Finally, in conclusion, I found out that, if I want that plant to start root I have to give him some kind of fertilizer. I am not a big fan of fertilizer, but I think that in 2-3 years this fertilizer go out and this will not reach into a fruit. (With this method you should get fruit within 2-3 years.)

What and how to do it?

First of all you need pineapple – you can buy it from store.

Secondly, just cut the leaves off and strip off the lower leaves. Usually, we take off 2-3 cm. If you see that roots are rotten then in my option you should buy another pineapple and start again. But if everything is okay then after stripping off some leaves you should see some stems.

Thirdly put these leaves into the water. In every 2-3 days change the water, but I changed the water every day, just to make sure that it will not get any disease. If everything is okay after 2 days then start checking for the new roots. Usually, they put the leaves into the soil after it has roots like 2-3 cm, but I have seen videos where they put the leaves into the soil right after cutting.

Fourthly potting. Pineapple grows in a tropical region, thus it needs a lot of suns. Watering is easy – water like cactus. Pineapple tolerates under-watering rather than over-watering. As I mentioned before about fertilizer then you should give it some growth stimulator.

Here you can see what I used for propagation.

How to care?

Pineapple does not need everyday care. Thus if your plant have some roots and you have put it into soil then this will not dry out easily.

  • Pineapple wants a lot of suns
  • It likes warm 22-28 degrees Celsius
  • Pineapple grows in a tropical climate, thus they are adapted with dry soil. Thus you should water it only when soil is half dried – but I have to mention that it like under-watering rather than over-watering.

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