Do Pineapples Grow From Seed?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:05 am

Does anybody know if pineapples grow from seeds? I found some seeds or at least noticed that it had seeds in my last pineapple and decided that they might grow so I planted them yesterday? Am I wasting my time?

I do have a pineapple plant already that has produced a nice little pineapple but this plant was bought from the store.

I have already started coffee plants from coffee beans - papaya from papaya seeds - pomegranate from seed, etc. These are sitting in my kitchen.

Emilie

Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:17 am

Em, they grow from the top or crown of the pineapple fruit. You can cut the top off of a pineapple, let it dry for a couple of days and then plant it. Check the link for a little more info.
http://www.floridagardener.com/misc/hgpa.htm

Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:08 am

Unless it's a wild pineapple, chances are very low that the seeds are viable. But try planting them and see!

Pineapples must be cross-pollinated in order to produce seeds, the parent plants need to have different genes. Commerical pineapples are cultivated by taking cuttings from stock plants that are genetically identical. These plants can not cross-pollinate because they all have the same genes and commercially grown on huge farms, in effect eliminating the seeds.

Many popular fruits are bred or cultivated to be "seedless", therefore channeling the plant's energy into increased fruit size and quantity at the expense of seed production. Some fruits, like the pineapple, did not become popular until seedless varieties were produced.

Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:45 pm

Thanks guys. :!: :D Will let you know if they grow.

Emilie

Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:18 pm

Em,

Did they?

Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:18 am

I did what Bigdog posted a couple years ago and they did just fine until this year when the freeze got them.
Just a note about the chances of getting fruit is that pineapples require certain temperatures in seasons to produce the fruit, at least that is what a pineapple grower said on a show.