Slice Off The Top
Slice off the top of the pineapple using a knife. Make sure you cut it off close to the crown of the pineapple. Remove all the flesh surrounding the crown of the pineapple to avoid any rotting down the line.
Remove Some of the Leaves
Rip out some of the leaves on the lower half of the pineapple stalk until about an inch of the stalk is visible.
Dry It Out
Dry the stalk out for a few days to avoid any future rot.
Get a 6″ to 8″ inch flower pot and fill it with soil. You want a fast-draining mixture, so something like a cactus potting mix would do. Plant it about an inch deep in the soil. Make sure to keep it near a window because pineapple plants need sunlight for the majority of the day.
Lightly water the pineapple stalk, until the soil is a bit moist. The easiest way to kill a pineapple is by overwatering it, so make sure the soil is consistently a bit moist.
Care of Pineapple Plants:
It may take several years for the plant to become mature enough to bloom. There are ways of forcing it to bloom, placing it in a bag with cut apples in one such method. But it is very important that the plant consistently receives fertilizer and water. It will not grow without proper nutrients.
Pineapple plants need a lot of light. Keep them in the sun as much as possible. If you keep the plant inside, place it near a window. If it will frost, take the plant out of the window at night. You can still keep your pineapple plant if you do not have much light, but you will need to compensate with a fluorescent lamp designed for plants. The plant will need to be exposed to this lamp for 12 to 14 hours a day, unless it is ready to bloom. When it is ready to bloom the plant will only need 10-11 hours of light a day.
Health Benefits Of Pineapple:
A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin C for human beings, making it one of the richest and most delicious sources of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C helps in reducing illnesses and boosting the immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells and acting as an antioxidant to defend against the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolsm that can damage various organ systems and disrupt function, as well as cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous ones. The vitamin C content of pineapple defends against this.
Pineapple has been directly related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast, as it is rich in various antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese. Manganese is an important cofactor of superoxide dismutase, an extremely potent free radical scavenger that has been associated with a number of different cancers.
Improves Oral Health
Along with the antioxidant compounds that protect against oral cancer, pineapple also has astringent properties, which strengthen gums and teeth. Astringent agents help tighten up tissues and tone the body so that tooth loss, hair loss, muscle weakness and skin loosening do not occur. Pineapple is a very powerful astringent and is often prescribed as a natural remedy to fix the loosening of teeth or for the retraction of gums.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Pineapple is a valuable source of many minerals, and potassium is among them. Potassium deficiency can result in a wide array of health hazards. The vasodilator action of potassium eases the tension and stress of the blood vessels and increases blood circulation to various parts of the body. When your blood vessels relax, the blood pressure is reduced and the flow of blood is less restricted. This can prevent clots from blocking the flow of blood and reduce the accumulation of plaque in the arteries and vessels which, in turn, help prevent conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. So, eat pineapples for a healthy heart!
The eye is the most important sensory organ of the human body and pineapple has the ability to improve eye health and prevent other age-related eye diseases. Macular degeneration affects many elderly people, and beta carotene present in pineapple can help delay this vision problem.
Aids in Digestion
Eating pineapples regularly can protect you from a vast amount of health conditions, including constipation, diarrhea irritable bowel syndrome, atherosclerosis, and blood clotting, as well as high blood pressure. Pineapple, being rich in fiber, promotes the passage of food through the digestive tract at a normal rate and stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to help food dissolve.