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Step 7: Harvest

Let your pineapples get ripe on the plant. They taste better that way, rather than the store bought pineapples that get ripe on the shelves. When the outside skin of the pineapple starts changing from brown to yellow, go outside with a saw and cut through the stalk supporting the pineapple. In this process of waiting for the opportune moment to pick your pineapple, be careful of the neighborhood squirrels. They also enjoy nice ripe pineapples, so if you don't beat them too it, you may go outside one morning and find your pineapple half devoured.

Take the pineapple inside and enjoy eating your home grown fruit. Enjoy it, and save the top so when you're finished you can make your pineapple plants multiply...
<p>I live up in the cold north and found this method to be the only working one: </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZFQTyG-1Aa4 " width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>Video doesn't seem to work but search for &quot;How to grow a pineapple&quot; and &quot;Hilda&quot; on youtube. You'll find the exact method I use :)<strong> </strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p>https://youtu.be/ZFQTyG-1Aa4</p>
<p>i have two beautiful plants that I have had for two years, outside in the summer and inside in the winter Texas gets cold but I have not seen any signs of a blossom is there something else that I need to do? </p>
<p>I know this sounds like a joke but they need an apple -- no, seriously!! The apple slice will give off ethylene gas which encourages the plant to flower and set fruit. Simply place the plant in a large plastic bag, put a slice of apple on the crown, tie up the bag and put it in a warm shady spot. After 4 days, remove the plant from the bag, discard the apple slice and put the plant back in it's sunny place. After a few months you'll get beautiful little cluster of flowers followed by a small fruit -- about 6 months later, you should be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor!! Good luck!!</p>
<p>Don't waste a good apple! Use peels and cores. Most any fruit scraps will do the trick...banana peels, etc.</p>
<p>the apple trick works. a slice of ripe pear does the same. be careful the bag isn't in the sun. heat buildup can cook a plant. another way to trigger a bloom is to lay your plant on its side for a week or ten days (hard to do this with an in-ground plant). for any of these triggers to work well, the plant must be large enough to support the production of a fruit. if you try this with a plant that's not ready, you may get a tennis ball sized pineapple - or none at all.</p>
<p>WOW I found this quite by accident while looking up some information for a friend! I, too, was wondering why my beautiful 2-1/2 y/o pineapple had never shown any sign of desiring to bloom and fruit. I've got to get apples for Thanksgiving anyway, so I'll reserve a slice for my baby! Thank you so much!</p>
Can it grow in GA in garden bed or I should plant it in the pot?
<p>Definitely in pots for Georgia. In the far South along the Florida border, you cold manage if they are covered with plastic in the winter. They are tropical and will be killed by frost.</p>
<p>Do you only get one pineapple per plant. Will that bush produce next year?</p>
I wanted to point out that pineapples are actually <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromeliad">bromeliads</a>, and so do not ever have seeds. The reproduce using &quot;pups&quot; from their base, exactly what you are doing here. Once a pineapple plant flowers and grows a fruit, that plant will never produce fruit again. The fruit sprout around them though. Much like bananas in this way.<br/>
<p>pineapples do have seed. in nature, they are pollinated by hummingbirds. there are no hummingbirds in hawaii. thus hawaiian pineapples are seedless. pineapples raised elsewhere often have seeds.</p>
<p>No, I live on the Gulf Coast and been a few different places in my lifetime so far, there has never been not one single pineapple I have EVER seen that has a seed(s). #lisarudedog &lt;u are most definitely right on this one!!!!</p>
<p>`Nope, lisarudedog, my bad but u are also wrong!!! Google it people and learn a few correct facts before taking sides!!</p>
You are SO wrong!<br>Pineapples DO produce seeds, and the seeds from MOST are viable. Pineapples will usually produce fruit a second time but not usually a third.<br>The &quot;pups&quot; at the base of the fruit can be replanted, so it is common to get 2-3 new plants out of every old one.
pineapples do have seeds, i have seen them from time to time. i usually find them on larger pineapples about 1/4 to 1/2" in from the outside.
But are they viable? Do they sprout?
I have always worked as a cook,& in the spring of the year,I have found many pineapples with seeds,as you said from 1/4 to 1/2' in from the outside.The seeds I found were much like apple seeds.
<strong>One of my pineapple plants has bloomed again &amp; has fruit on it. This is the 2nd pineapple I got from this same plant. </strong><br/>
<p>I have a dozen pineapples that I don't want the squirrels and/racoon to eat as they have in the past. Any help with what I might do so that I get to eat them and not the animlas?</p>
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<p>I have a plant that I have been growing for several years. It now has 4 fruits on it. Actually there are several plants in the pot. One of the fruits has several small shoots at the bottom that look like small pineapples. Anyone know what this is?</p>
<p>that looks very much like a &quot;kona sugarloaf.&quot; i have several that look just like that. the flesh is white to pale yellow. high sugar, low acid, soft edible core. a great variety! you can break off the plantlets and they will make a whole new plant each. if you have so many plants in one pot, the crowding will likely give you smaller sized fruit.</p>
<p>The small shoots are probably what's called &quot;pups&quot;. Many plants from the pineapple family of Bromeliads have those, and they are volunteer clones. You should be able to separate those, plant them, and get whole new pineapple plants! Congrats and good luck!</p>
Can someone tell me what I have going here?
<p>that's called a &quot;ratoon.&quot; it's a new pineapple plant. it will probably make a pineapple one year later than your larger plant. you can leave it where it is, or you can carefully break it off and give it its own pot. </p>
<p>It looks more like an agave plant or a relative of the aloe. Either that or it is a plant, I can't remember its name but I have so many of them in my garden, it starts with B. Sorry brain not working well today</p>
<p>I think it's a pineapple (guessing from the article's title 'How to Grow Pineapples'). Then again I failed out of college.</p>
<p>I live in southeast AZ and have a lot of growing time. So, I got a little pocket book some years ago that showed how you can grow &quot;free&quot; plants. The pineapple directions said, when the pineapple plant is at least 2 ft tall, and if you put an apple with it, and enclose it in plastic, the gas created by the apple can cause the growth of the fruit. I goofed and hacked my plant with my weedeater one day and....... bye-bye plant. :( My question is: if I manage to get the plant to produce a fruit, is that the only one it will produce, or will the same plant grow more than one pineapple? </p>
<p>My pineapple is growing its 3rd and 4th fruit right now.</p>
<p>each plant only makes one fruit, but after the fruit is harvested, the mother plant makes several offsets (plantable sprouts) before it withers and dies. if they sprout from the stem just under the fruit, they're called &quot;slips,&quot; from between the leaves, they're &quot;suckers,&quot; from the roots, they're &quot;ratoons.&quot; not all pineapple varieties make all kinds of offsets, but each variety makes at least one kind. these offsets (in addition to the crown) are your next generation of plants. </p>
<p>some people are saying it will produce a second time but not a third. I grew one and it fruited this year. Will keep the plant in the ground and see if it does again. In the meanwhile, I will plant the fruit i just got and start another. </p><p>Wouldn't hurt in case it doesn't fruit again </p>
<p>hi jeanN16,</p><p>yes, pineapples can be grown from seed, but you will need patience (five or more years from seed to fruit) take the little brown seeds from your pineapple and rinse them in cool water. place then on half of a paper towel. fold the other half of the paper towel over them, making a &quot;taco&quot; with the seeds between the sides of the towel. put the towel and seeds in a quart (or larger) ziplock bag so that it lies flat. add a couple tablespoons of water - enough that the towel is thoroughly wet. seal the ziplock and place it in a sunny window. be sure it stays wet. in a month or so, the seeds (maybe half of them) will sprout. when the little plantlets are about a half or three quarters of an inch, gently plant them in some screened (no large chunks), well draining potting or garden soil. at this point, a styrofoam coffee cup with a hole in the bottom is about the right sized pot. keep the baby plants moist. as they get bigger, move them into larger pots - maybe once a year. pineapples like sun and warmth, they don't like wet feet (soggy soil) or frost. once established, they are tough plants. foliar feeding with a dilute application of liquid fertilizer once or twice a month will help. </p>
<p>bought a pineapple to try and grow it. when I cut it up I found some brown seeds. are these viable to grow. first time I have ever seen them. </p><p>thanks jean</p>
I just started mine, progress is going very good. Excited to see what happens and how much food I get. Thinking of transplanting this in the ground I live in Nevada I'm hoping the climate is good for it.
<p>Actually, the process is going very well.</p>
<p>I read in an article that when you get the first pineaple need to cut any new plant that grow from the first one but i am from south america and a plant can produce many pineaple do not cut the new plants please is WRONG INFORMATION, YOU WILL GET ALOT OF PIANEAPLE FROM THE SAME EVERY NEWBABY FROM ORIGINAL WILL GIVE TO YOU A NEW PINEAPLE THANKS FOR YOU INFORMATION VERY GOOD</p>
I started one this way last year and it did very well but accidentally got left out in the cold. I bought some more to start indoors and low and behold my pineapple has seeds!!!!!! So I am starting seeds this time!!!!! I am so excited. Starting from seed allows me to plant more in smaller pots for now seeing as it's winter here in Michigan.
<p>It is either a bromeliad or a pineapple plant...they sort of look alike, but one produces a pineapple, the other a flower... Hope it is a pineapple plant...</p>
<p>Pineapple themselves are bromeliad plants but they are a certain bromeliad that bears fruit</p>
<p>Y'all should go the next level with it, you can online order white organic pineapple from Kauai, bada boom bada bing, grow that one. Mean da white one.</p>

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