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How do you grow a pineapple from planting just the top?

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To grow a pineapple by planting just the top, remove the top from the pineapple and let it dry for 1 or 2 days. Thin out the leaves around the bottom of the stock and place it in a small pot of soil.

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To grow a pineapple plant from a pineapple top, use the following steps.

  1. Remove the top from a pineapple
  2. Cut or snap off the top of a pineapple fruit.

  3. Let the stalk dry out
  4. Leave the leafy stalk to dry slightly in a shady spot. Let it dry for 1 or 2 days.

  5. Trim the stalk
  6. Remove the leaves around the bottom of the stalk. This offers some space for roots to sprout.

  7. Plant the stalk
  8. Choose a pot that offers plenty of drainage and fill it with clean soil. Plant the stalk in the soil.

  9. Water the pot
  10. Water the pot with the pineapple stalk around once per week. The soil should offer moisture, but should not be soggy, as too much moisture can make the stalk rot. It may take several months for roots to develop on the stalk.

  11. Fertilize the soil
  12. Add some fertilizer to the soil every few months to provide the new plant with nutrients.

  13. Move the plant indoors
  14. Pineapple plants require warm temperatures to thrive. When the weather gets colder, move the pot indoors. To avoid shock, move the plant into the shade for a few days before taking it inside.

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