Pineapple Express

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We don’t have many plants in our yard, other than “native” plants (seagrape, palms, etc..) but one thing we have found that grows EXTREMELY well here is a pineapple.  Yup…a pineapple!  I swear it’s the most low maintenance plant I have ever had!  If you have never grown one before, you should really give it a try.  Even if you live in a cooler climate (obviously it helps that we are sub-tropical)  I’m sure you could grow one in a pot and just move it indoors once the weather cools.  Here’s the deal, in case you want to give it a shot.  Next time you buy a whole pineapple at the store (preferably organic:)  cut the top off as close to the leaves as possible.  You want the least amount of “flesh” left attached.  Fill a cup (I usually use a coffee mug) with water, about 3/4 full.  Place the pineapple top in the cup, making sure it is sitting in the water.  I usually leave mine in water for about a week…I think it just gets it ready to start rooting again.  Then place it in potting soil (mine just goes right into the sand/dirt that is in my yard) ..burying it until you only see leaves.  Then you wait…a loooooong time…we’re talking close to 2 years,  and suddenly you’ll notice that out of the top center of your plant, a mini plant is growing.  As you can see in the picture, that’s where the pineapple grows in.  It takes awhile, but I promise you..it’s the best tasting pineapple you’ll ever eat..totally worth the time!  We have several at different stages of growth, and it’s always a nice surprise when we see one coming in.  Happy gardening!

SarahPineapple Express

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