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How To Grow Pineapples From Their Tops! Waste-free Gardening

Pineapples are a delicious fruit, and while typically associated with warmer climates for large scale farming, home grown pineapples are ridiculously easy to grow just about anywhere in the world.

Pineapples are well suited to growing in pots, meaning you can even grow them indoors or on your apartment balcony.

What's better than easy to grow delicious fruit that you can even grow in an apartment you ask?

The fact that by using the top of a pineapple you've bought, you're on your way to a zero-waste lifestyle, and you've saved that pineapple top from ending up in landfill where it could emit greenhouse gases and destroy our planet.

Summer eating has never tasted so good!

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What you'll need:

-The top of a pineapple that you've had the pleasure of enjoying already (leave it to dry out for several days before planting

-Soil

-Sand

-Perlite (potting mix that helps water the roots)

-a large pot, or in the garden (if you live somewhere that gets icy, we suggest you put it in a large pot so you can move it inside during frost, pineapples don't like frost)

How to do it

1.Mix your soil with about 1 cup of sand for 1.5 kilos of soil

2.Mix in your Perlite (about 2 parts soil to 1 part perlite, this is going to help with drainage)

3.Make sure you pack the soil relatively tight, either in the ground or your pot

4.Get your pineapple top and make sure you've cut off all the fruit flesh, then pull off the small leaves at the base so you have a bit of a stalk (about 2-3 centimetres of stalk)

5.Dig a hole either in the ground in your garden or your pot, and place the pineapple top in the ground, up right (make sure he is steady in the ground and won't fall over if the soil is a bit dry pop some water on it)

6.Keep the plant moist until the roots develop (around 6-8 weeks) till the roots properly establish

7.While the root is growing, you want to keep the plant in bright, indirect sunlight. Once you have a pretty solid root (you can check by gently pulling the tops to see the root) you can start putting the plant in complete sunlight

And that's pretty much all there is to it, once you've got those roots established the pineapple plant needs very little attention in most climates.

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A few extra tips:

-Pineapple roots don't need much space, but the plant itself grows to an impressive size and can be spiky so make sure you can put it somewhere without it becoming a nuisance-If you're planting multiples outside, plant them about a foot away from each other. They grow in clumps, so if you have a wide patch of soil along footpaths they're perfect-Once the roots have settled in, pineapples need very little water (ideal for the eco-gardener!), but if you live somewhere that gets a lot of water, this also isn't a problem the water will just sit in the middle of the plant and run off and drain away.-Pineapples take up a lot of nutrition from their leaves; pineapples will burn from artificial fertilisers so get yourself a liquid fish emulsion or seaweed extract fertiliser and make sure you're putting it directly on the leaves-Put your compost to use! You can mix compost in with some soil, before you plant your pineapple, or even in small amounts afterwards. Put the compost soil around the base of the plant and then thickly mulch around it, as it breaks down, it feeds the plant.

Pineapples are not a quick growing plant, expect plants from pineapple tops to take around 24 months to fruit, but once you have the first few pineapples growing it gets easier and faster.

A mature pineapple plant produces loads of offspring so theoretically if you have space, you can have hundreds of pineapples growing within a few years and then you won't be waiting around for fruit!

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