I've been watching this pineapple discussion with interest. I grew one
once, just for fun.
Pineapples certainly must be a fruit. If they contain seeds (in the
wild, at least) that pretty much confirms that they are fruits.
Strawberries are fruits too, of course. Now, if you claimed that
strawberries are not really berries, I could agree with that.
I've never seen a pineapple with seeds. I'm surprised to hear you say
the seeds are in the skin. Maybe what you found isn't seeds (but maybe
they are). I hope you report back to us and let us know if they sprout
A planted top certainly would be a clone of the original plant, as would
any basal sprouts. Other posters to this thread have said to cut the top
off the fruit and plant it. I wouldn't cut it off. Any fruit that
remains will simply rot and in the mean time will keep the part that
forms roots from getting to the soil. If you want to plant a top, just
twist it off the top of the fruit. Strip away several of the lowest
leaves and there are usually little stubby roots already visible and
ready to grow right into the soil.
I grew one that way. I grew it for 2 years and the 2nd summer outside it
sent up a flower stem, bloomed, and then made a medium sized fruit which
we ate. Our summers are short and cool so most of its life was in the
basement. If I ever move to Florida or anywhere that comes close to
frost free, I'll be growing several of them, even if I do have to
protect them from some cold spells.
Steve ... the other one... in the Adirondacks of northern NY
Ray Drouillard wrote:
The seeds resemble flax seed, are small and are found in the flesh of
the fruit, not in the skin. You rarely find them in store bought, but it is
possible. They readily germinate and produce tough little rosettes that
If the plant you describe has healthy 'stalk' and root system, it may
produce new plants. Take care that you do not overwater at this stage and
rot out the root system. After taking the fruit, I often observe 2 or 3 new
plants forming. These can be left in place allowing a clump to form or they
may be removed and planted out separately.
I have found that a little sprinkle of osmocote in the cup promotes good
Otto in Orlando - with a 150sqft patch of pineapples.
Thanks for all the replies! It looks like my questions were answered --
and then some.
It's good to know that a pineapple grown from the crown of a fruit is a
clone of the original plant. Many times, the fruit from seed-grown
plants are disappointing.
I did plant a couple of the seeds just for curiosity's sake. If nothing
else, they ought to be good ornamentals.
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