is there any special way of planting pineapple tops
never had any real success but I was told to wring the top out of the fruit a bit like choking a chicken, place over a glass of water so it starts to form roots and them just pop it in the garden. (This advise comes from my grandma in Queensland - who grows them in her garden I love pineapples as the look so silly growing, just like some one has plonked a pineapple on top of some spikey leaves )
You can grow them as pot plants, the leaves will grow on, but you will not get any fruit unless you go for a very hot hot house, which would make pineapples a very expensive treat! We grew them in our garden in Zambia, they do indeed look unexpected, not at all what we might have imagined before. I have a very old gardening book from 1895, which describes growing them, took several people a great deal of work, lots of horse manure, straw, and an enormous greenhouse, plus several small boys to keep the boiler lit all night! Somehow I don't think we would manage that these days!
thank you both for your advice ,will have a go at trying to grow them
I am sure Bob Flowerdew has managed to grow them in his polytunnel using a hot bed.
He probably did, but he is really quite something else again, most of us just do not have his time or space - but good luck to anyne who tries it here.
I saw this guys website a while back, when I contemplated trying to grow one myself.
Lots of useful info and pictures. Hope it helps. He's in the UK.
I've tried a few times with tops of pineapples. They grow best if you get a fatrtrade/organic pineapple in spring/autumn. I cut the top off the fruit, pull off bottom leaves; sometimes there are little stubby roots inbetween the leaves at the bottom. I add some root hormone powder and plant in moist compost somewhere warm and south facing indoors. Use rain water or tap water that has stood for 24 hours so the chlorine has gone. I cover with a clear bottle when cold. Keep going with each pineapple top until you get a grower, which is more likely to happen with organic ones. Once they are established and it's sunny, then it should take off. Pineapples sprayed with chemicals to preserve them or those given fresh tap water with chlorine don't tend to grow. It may take a few goes but very exciting once one roots
I managed to grow one years ago which actually produced an edible fruit. Used a hot bed within a heated greenhouse with a light compost. The top I used wasn't from an organicically grown fruit but I wouldn't argue with Queenti's comments.
If you think about where they are grown commercially, it should give you a basic idea as to the conditions you need to emulate.