SPROUTING YOUR BABY PINEAPPLE

We're STILL obsessed with baby pineapples. We use them in all their forms; on stems in arrangements, loose to adorn our desks, and growing tall (and ridiculously cute) in our favorite terra cotta planters. 

So what to do after you're done enjoying your little fruit? 

Just like their larger, edible relatives, miniature pineapples can be sprouted into new plants. 

All you'll need are these: A cutting board, three toothpicks, a small vessel filled with water, a sharp (preferably serrated) knife and most importantly, your baby pineapple. 

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First, remove the top by cutting about an inch below the crown.  

 

 

Then, gently twist the remaining meat off the crown. 

Your deconstructed pineapple should now consist of three parts. 

 

 

Peel the base leaves from the crown until you are left with something that looks like this. We ended up peeling off about three layers. 

Poke three toothpicks into the base of your crown (about an inch to a half inch higher than the base) making a triangle formation. This will allow the crown to suspend above the water, preventing rot. 

Your finished product should look like this. 

Be sure the base of your pineapple top is always touching the water and that your water is always clean. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean your vessel weekly to avoid bacteria build up. Place your vessel somewhere with a decent amount of indirect sunlight and in a matter of weeks, your pineapple should begin to sprout a new root system. Once a substantial amount of roots have been established, your baby pineapple is ready to be replanted!