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Tropical Spring: Grow a Pineapple
We love pineapples at ferm LIVING. So much, in fact, that the fruit has a prominent place in our SS17 collection. When discovering that pineapples could grow in our window sill, there was no doubt in our minds that this was going to be our fun, spring project of greening up our homes and lives.
The best is that it is a project where even the little hands can help. However, you need a bit of patience – it can take a while for a pineapple to start growing, and even longer for it to grow a baby pineapple. Luckily, the pineapple crown is a beauty in itself that we won't mind displaying in a sunny spot in our windowsill.
Take the sweetest pineapple you can find. Make sure that it’s ripe and the fruit should be golden and firm to touch. Go for one with a sweet smell and green leaves of the crown.
Remove some of the lower leaves to expose the stem.
Make sure your pineapple crown have grown roots. If your patience isn’t good enough, and you plant it too soon, the pineapple has little chance of surviving. When you are sure, your pineapple is ready, plant it in the pot filled with fresh soil. Although, a pineapple is a tropical fruit, be careful with the sun. Too much will harm the plant – especially right after it has been planted. Tip: To help the rooting process, you may cover your plant with a transparent plastic bag or cling film to create a little, yet effective greenhouse effect. Water your plant slightly once a week.
We used the geometry of the pineapple to choose the pot to plant in, and naturally our choice fell on one of our Hexagon pots that create an exiting play of shapes and edges.
We have made an easy guide for you to start growing your pineapple. All you need is the top of a pineapple, water, and a Hexagon pot with fresh soil.
Separate the crown from the fruit. It should be possible to twist off the top, but honestly, we ended up gently cutting it loose to make sure it didn’t break in the process. Cut off any fruit flesh still attached to the stem – fruit left on will increase the risk of rot in the plant, and we wouldn’t want that!
Let the stem soak in a Ripple Glass filled with water and place it a sunny place for a few days, maybe even a week or two until little roots start growing from the stem. Change the water every few days.
Let it grow! Be patient; your pineapple is growing – slowly, but growing. It may take up to two years before your plant starts producing an actual baby pineapple. But we promise you: The result is worth it.
Did you get a fun, green plant to grow? We would love to see it. You can tag us on Instagram or Facebook with @fermlivingkids