I'm going to need five of them, please.

Jaime Milan
January 27, 2020
Instagram / @preferredplants

I don't know about you, but this cold, dark winter has me dreaming of brighter days ahead. While I can't afford to escape to a tropical island, I *can* afford one of Trader Joe's adorable pineapple plants (which is almost as good).

Each pineapple plant, or bromeliad, is just $13 and comes in a sunny yellow pot that will instantly transport you to the tropics. Seriously, how cute are these?

Pineapple plants naturally thrive in tropical climates like Hawaii and the Caribbean, so if you live in a colder climate you may be worried about growing these bad boys. Fear not, because I've done the research: Turns out, you can keep them indoors next to a sunny window in the winter and take them outdoors when temps warm up.

It's also worth noting that you can easily propagate your pineapple plant—when you're ready to harvest and eat your mature fruit, cut off the top (or "crown") with a bit of fruit still attached and plant in a pot with well-drained soil. Voila! Now you have two pineapple plants.

While it may be a while before your pineapple is ready to be eaten, you can still dream about all of the delicious ways to use it (like these Slow-Cooker Sweet & Sour Scallops or Tropical Overnight Oats). Yum!

And if your store doesn't carry pineapple plants or you don't live near a Trader Joe's, you can pick some up on Amazon for under $25.

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