Have you ever wished you could grow sweet, fresh pineapples like
my favorite Del Monte ones you can sometimes find in the stores?
How about bananas or other tropical delights – wouldn’t it be fun to
grow your own, right in your back yard?
There are certainly some limitations, but not as severe as most
people think. Let me give you a few ideas to get your imagination
Traditionally, pineapple is grown from cuttings from old growth.
The crown or growing tip was left in the field until it dried out,
then harvested and stuck in newly prepared soil to grow again. This
method requires 18-24 months to produce new fruit from the old
How about trying a different approach, which you can try from the
pineapple you buy at your local store? Just break off the top and
prepare it for immediate planting in your greenhouse or other warm
space with ample sunlight. Here’s how:
With your fingers, take off the green fronds nearest the broken end
for about one inch (2 1/2 cm), leaving the stalk exposed. Place in
a 4″ pot or tray of pre-moistened sawdust/sand mixture that has been
prepared for planting seedlings, with Pre-Plant and Weekly Feed
mixes included at 1 1/2 ounces and 3/4 ounces per 1/2 cubic foot of
Water regularly to maintain soil moisture with clean water, until
roots appear, then use the constant feed solution of 1 ounce Weekly
Feed for 3 gallons of water for every watering until plants are
placed in the garden – about 4-6 weeks, depending on your growing
Apply Pre-Plant and Weekly Feed to the soil before transplanting
into the garden. Feed weekly with Weekly Feed until 8 weeks before
This simple process changes the time needed to grow mature
pineapples from 18+ months to 8 months! Sweet potatoes’ growing
times can be reduced from 10 1/2 months to 7 months, and other crops
see similar improvement.
With those numbers, I hope some of you – especially in the warmer
climates – will have the courage to try your hand at propagating
plants. It can be both fun and rewarding.
Just remember that these plants are grown in the tropics for a
reason, and make sure they have ample heat and sunlight, along with
plenty of water.