The other thing to note, is to not buy a pineapple, that the center of the top has been pulled out. This will not grow but will rot, as the center is where the new leaf spikes will form.
Now some people recommend, putting the whole thing in water, until the root spots grow, but I skip that step
Pineapple's like to be watered from the top, into their crest. Don't over water, but also don't let the soil dry completely out.
Once I have my pineapple planted, I pretty much get to ignore them, and just watch them grow. The conditions on our side of the Island, are perfect for pineapple's, so every time I buy one in the market, I plant the top in the ground. I have over thirty plants now, and plan on having many more.
This pineapple, is one that we got as a gift from our neighbor, Tommy, right before he moved to Thailand. It was an offshoot, growing out the side of another pineapple, he was growing in his pineapple garden. It had not been in the ground many weeks, and it began to grow a pineapple. We are watching in keen anticipation, of a sweet feast, which of course I shall plant it's top, once we have eaten the fruit.
A word of caution, pineapples plants can get to be three feet across, and their spikes are very stiff and sharp. I do not recommend them, being planted around small children, unless you grow them in a place they cannot hurt themselves, by running into them. Also, they are not cold hardly, and tho they would probably enjoy your summer garden, they would need to be brought indoors, once the nighttime temperatures dropped.
The plants in the black pots, are passion vine. I was given a passion fruit from a fellow, who grows them on his organic farm. After I had eaten it, I put the seeds in a pot, just to see how they would do?! They went gangbusters, so I repotted each one in its very own pot. I used to have about thirty plants, but I gave some away to friends. These are purple passion vine, but I am hoping to get some of the red variety too.
The plant in the blue pot, is a small bushy variety of bamboo. However it is a creeper, so I am keeping it contained, so it can't spread all over, and become a menace.
I hope you have enjoyed this pineapple tutorial, and if you have the space, and the patience, will give growing a pineapple a try.