How to Care for Your Pineapple Plant
Your pineapple needs bright light or full sun for most of the day. It can handle a little bit of shade as long as there’s plenty of light.
Keep the plant away from freezing temperatures. The large pineapple plant in the photos spends the winter in an unheated North Carolina basement, in a warm sunny nook created by a large south-facing window.
Water and Fertilizer:
Overwatering and overfeeding are the two best ways to kill a pineapple plant. Water only as needed, and feed the plant about once a month with a balanced organic fertilizer at no more than regular strength.
Keep your pineapple plant lightly moist, and never let it become waterlogged or bone dry.
Pineapple Growing Season:
Your pineapple plant will do most of its growing during the warm seasons and will slow down when the days get short.
Like other bromeliads, it can be very difficult to get a pineapple to bloom, and it’s not likely to bloom or produce fruit for 2-3 years. If it doesn’t bloom on its own, one popular way to induce blooming is to expose the pineapple plant to ethylene gas by enclosing your pineapple plant in plastic with a few overripe apples for a few weeks during the winter.
As the apples decompose, they release ethylene which stimulates flowering.
Once your pineapple plant flowers, it takes several months to grow fruit. Smaller plants will produce smaller pineapples, but they’re just as yummy! Pick the pineapples when they are evenly ripe and golden yellow.
Growing More Pineapples:
All of those new pineapples can be rooted to make more plants. When you harvest your pineapples, look at the base of the fruit for small baby shoots.
Harvest your pineapple carefully, leaving these shoots to grow a little. They can then be gently removed and planted in their own pots.