GROW O'ahu

Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

Patience is a Pineapple


We currently have all these life stages of a pineapple at our house.  Whenever we purchase one, we always stick the top in the dirt after cutting off.  Sometimes we bring home a whole bag full of tops from farmers market.  One of the vendors takes the tops off for customers and she lets us take them! From top to new fruit it takes about 18-20 months. But there is nothing like backyard pineapple.

A few weeks after putting the top in a pot outside, the leaves begin to get a bit longer and sharper.

Then, out of nowhere, one day you discover a little baby pineapple inside!

It grows a little bigger each week…

And pretty soon, you are having a hard time keeping your kid from eating it everyone time he goes outside!

We are going to give this one another couple weeks before twisting it off and cutting it up.  The fruit we get from these are never quite as large as commercially grown ones, but the flavor is great.


Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.

12 thoughts on “Patience is a Pineapple

  1. Amazing! I never knew growing pineapple was so easy!! I would choose smaller with more flavor over commercially large and mild flavor any day!

  2. That is so neat! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a baby pineapple!

  3. i wonder if that woud work in Iowa….

  4. I am sad that we just threw away a pineapple top… luckily we have another whole pineapple at home. Will have to try and see if it will grow in a pot inside our Maryland apartment!

  5. I can’t wait to give this a try! You have some beautiful pictures on your blog 🙂

  6. I did this when I was little. I am going to try it again ater reading this!


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