Growing Pineapple Tops and Plants from Pips
PLANTS FROM PIPS
Charming small plants can be grown from pips discarded from the dessert plate. Seeds of dates, avocadoand the citrus fruits are the ones to choose.
Plant them in John Innes No. 1 potting compost, and keep them if possible at a temperature of about 55° F. (13° C).
Avocado will germinate more quickly if the seed is soaked in water for -18 hours, then placed, large side down, in aglass. The base of the seed should just touch the water. Once roots have formed, pot the avocado in .
GROWING PINEAPPLE TOPS
A pineapple plant is interesting to grow. Cut off the leafy top of a pineapple with a thin segment of the upper rind, and leave it for a day or so to dry. Then pot it carefully in very sandy soil and put it in a warm place to root — standing on a box of, for example, over a radiator. Not every top “takes”, but if one does put it in fairly rich soil and keep it in a warm, light place. Do not over-water the new plant.
A pineapple plant grown in this way in the house is unlikely to fruit, but in a warmit may do so.