How To Grow A Pineapple From a Pineapple Top

Grow A Pineapple From a Pineapple TopI intended to do this as an update post to show how the pineapple I first planted 2 years ago has progressed, but it seems I never wrote a post about it then.  My little pineapple friend had outgrown it’s original pot, so I transferred it over to a larger home and added a new friend for it in its original place.

To plant a pineapple from the scraps, leave 1/2″ inch or so of the fruit when you remove the top.  Check underneath to see if there are any brown dots around the edges (these are the root buds).  If you don’t, keep removing thin slices of the fruit until you do.  Now carefully remove the lower 1 inch of the leaves so you have a small stem exposed.

This next part I have seen conflicting information about.  Some say to allow the pineapple top to dry for a few days before planting and others say to place it in water.  The little pineapple top below was done with the water method, and it doesn’t look quite as good as planting the pineapple top dry (how I did the larger plant above).  Both plants looked slightly unhappy at first before perking up though, so the smaller plant still might have a chance.  Even though it is a bit dry around the edges, there is some promising new growth in the center.  Either way you do this, water around the outside of the plant and not at the center as it can cause rot.  When planting, do not allow any soil to fall into the center of the plant or cover the stem with soil, only cover up to the top of the fruit.

Pineapples like well drained soil, so you can add vermiculite to the soil to help with this and keep them in a pot that drains.  Water daily to keep the soil wet, but not water logged, for the first week.  Water once a week after they are established and keep them in a place where they can get plenty of sun.

For those in a cooler climate, pineapples can be kept in pots and moved inside over the winter.  They will die if the temperature falls to 32 degrees or lower.  We move ours indoors well before that point to keep them happy.

Growing Sweet Potato Vines From Scraps

Growing Sweet Potatoes From ScrapsSince I want to try growing sweet potatoes in our hanging baskets this summer, I needed to start a few vines. I had a few potatoes that needed some bad spots removed before cooking, so I saved the ends from those for this experiment. They are in a dish with a small amount of water on a table in our sunroom. I can see tiny purple sprouts starting already on two of the ends! I will update again once they have more growth to show.

Brad’s Raw Onion Rings

Raw Onion RingsHad a craving for something crunchy and found these little gems at the market. Decided to try them instead of reaching for something totally unhealthy. These were quite delicious! Highly recommended, and I love the fact that I can find something organic and non-gmo that can satisfy those cravings.

Margherita Omelet

Margherita Omelet Recipe5 large eggs
1 medium size tomato
1 green pepper
2 handfuls spinach
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil to coat pan
guacamole

 

Start by heating your skillet and washing your vegetables thoroughly. Cut the tomato into slices, and the pepper into 1/2 inch strips. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat to combine the yolks and egg whites. Coat the skillet with olive oil and place the spinach evenly across the bottom of the pan. Arrange the tomatoes and green pepper slices in an alternating pattern on top of the spinach. Pour the eggs on top of the vegetables so the liquid coats everything evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the eggs until cooked through completely and serve with guacamole on top.