There is no need to buy suspicious and GMO food when it’s so easy to produce fresh and clean food in your own back yard. These days people love to grow their own food, mainly for 2 reasons – it’s cheaper and what’s most important you`ll get a pesticide-free, all natural and organic food. This has become so trendy that people are starting to replant their flower gardens with fruits and vegetables.
To kick start your home organic food project we offer you your first pineapple plant.
Here are some things you need to know about pineapples:
- Pineapples do not have seeds, they are actually bromeliads.
- They also do not need much water and you can grow them even in hot and sunny climates. Growing them in a shade is also fine.
- You don`t need a large area of high quality soil because pineapples do not have large roots.
- You can simply use the soil from your garden to fill the planting pot because it’s already slightly acidic which is what a pineapple tree needs.
Here is what you`ll need for your first ever pineapple tree:
- A pineapple fruit (any size will do)
- A small container of water (like a glass or jar)
- A planter and
- Potting soil
Step 1: When you buy a nice and ripe pineapple fruit make sure it`s healthy and without any soft spots. We don`t have to tell you to pick a nice organic one so your own will grow as organic as well.
Step 2: After you rinse it well place it on its side on a cutting board.
Step 3: Cut off the top (the green area called the crown) along with an inch or two (2.5-5cm) of the sweet yellow eating flesh. After you sun-dry the crown for a few days pull out the outer stiff leaves and make sure you leave the ones in the inside. Pour about half inch (1-1.5 cm) fresh water into your water container and put the crown of the pineapple in it with the bottom dipped and the leaves floating above the water level.
Step 4: Keep the water container in a sunny place for at least 2 weeks and change the water on every 2-3 days.
Step 5: In that period of time the crown will produce roots and become ready for planting. Prepare a nice suitable planter with potting soil and plant it.
The planter is suitable for about a year and then you`ll have to replant it in a bigger pot or directly in your garden. Expect your first homegrown fruit in one year, maybe even sooner!
Always keep the soil wet, water only if needed. Before replanting it, try to expose it to the sun for at least 6 hour per day and you can store it in the shade if you like for the rest of the day.
Good luck 🙂