So far, I have shown my organic vegetable garden beds that started as seeds. Well, cruising across the superhighway of data showed me that you don’t have to start with seeds in all cases. In the next two articles, I’m going to show a couple of examples. When you buy a pineapple, the first thing you do is cut “the head” off of it. If you are composting, and you really should be, the head ends up in the compost bin, right? Well, why not just plant it? When you cut the head off and look at the underside, you will see little root marks like these;
If you cut the top off about an inch below the leaves, look underneath to see these marks. If you don’t see them, trim off a bit more of the top until you do. Take the freshly trimmed top and place it in a dish/saucer/shallow bowl of water and place by a window. I can tell you from experience that you will want to change the water every day or be sure to plant it in the first few days, or your house will begin to take on a poor fragrance, and your spouse a poor view of you. When you are ready to plant it, in 3-5 days, peel the out leaves (probably all dead or mostly dead), and just leave the center leaves, some of which will have sprouted while in the water. Plant in the ground (if your soil is good) or in a large container with the soil coming up to the base of the leaves.
It is important not to let the soil go down into the middle of the leaves, as it can harm or even kill the plant. The picture above is the one I planted in my garden.
Pineapples like a fairly dry climate, so be careful not to over water. If you are using a moisture probe, somewhere between 2 & 3 seems to be about right, but I will let you know how mine is growing.
Unlike the rest of your garden veggies, the pineapple will not yield a harvest in a month, two months, or even a year in some cases. It can actually take up to two years before you are able to reach into the center of your pineapple plant and remove your new pineapple.
So why bother?
Well, it’s certainly not for the fruit, and if you were going to compost it anyway, it isn’t to eliminate waste. But you can get a beautiful plant out of it and a great story to tell people when they ask “Is that a pineapple?”.