Plant Care Pineapple


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Pineapple has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
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About Pineapple

After bananas and citrus, pineapples are the 3rd most cultivated tropical fruit 🍍. The plant can grow 2-4' tall and they have thick and spiky leaves that grow in a rosette. Pineapples used to be a symbol of luxury and are depicted in many works of art since the 17th century. They have also been fermented and used to make tepache in their native Mexico for thousands of years!


Ananas comosus

Also known as

White Pineapple

How to care for Pineapple

💦 Water

How often to water your Pineapple

Water needs for Pineapple
0.5 cups
every 12

Pineapple needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Pineapple

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Pineapple in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Pineapple: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Pineapple love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Pineapple does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Pineapple in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Pineapple

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Pineapple: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Pineapple after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Pineapple is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Pineapple →

Common Pineapple Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Pineapple thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Pineapple Water Frequency →

Pineapple Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Pineapple requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Pineapple Light Requirements →

Pineapple Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Pineapple is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

💨 Humidity

Pineapple prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Pineapple Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Pineapple does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Pineapple →

When and How to Successfully Repot Pineapple →

💩 Fertilizer

Pineapple grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

Pineapple is native to South America.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Pineapple bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Pineapple grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Pineapple →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Pineapple can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Pineapple Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Pineapple can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Pineapple, since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Pineapple



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Pineapple has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Pineapple has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 13
Pineapple has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Pineapple has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Pineapple has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 9
Pineapple has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
@RestorativeOkra avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Lehigh Acres, FL

My plant has doubled in size. It has been growing for 2 years and still no pineapple

Fast grower Fast grower
@voidbugz avatar
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 6,776 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN

Not pet friendly! This is the top of a commercial pineapple… I planted it in soil with some rooting hormone in August and it’s still green and growing now!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Melonie avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Houston, TX

Do not over water it!!!

@Zuzuosiis avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Columbus, OH

If you’re buying pineapples don’t throw away the bush keep it and grow it!

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@keisvibing avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 989 XP

they grow p fast. my original one is already having to be repotted again. my cat is obsessed w it. sadly he ended up taking the small pineapple off the top and batting it around. it grew two new sprouts so i took one off and potted it. it hasn’t been too long and my tiny pineapple plant is already growing

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@bryanna avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 127 XP

I just took the top off of a pineapple from the store and it’s doing good! You have to propagate the top until roots grow long enough to plant :) super easy and I got pineapple out of it :D

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Jacinta avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 563 XP
globe Hampton, VA

It’s burnt crisp after being in the sun for a few days. Not sure if it will come back. 😭

Browns easily Browns easily
@JSPR avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 432 XP
globe 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant

He lives in a pineapple under the sea

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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 96 XP
globe New York

Hottie 👺

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
@Karlasplanter avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 50 XP
globe Middelfart, Region of Southern Denmark

Really easy plant, beatyfull and wonderfull to keep in the bedroom for better sleep

Survivor Survivor

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