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I have a couple of different varieties of pineapples now. I would like to know once a pineapple plant fruits does the plant die off then? Just like a banana tree does. I would think it would die off and you would have to buy another one! Thanks in advance!
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I think where I live (plenty of pineapples) the growers have said that you can get about 3 pinapples off the same plant, but after the first fruiting, the successive fruit get somewhat smaller in size. They might continue to live even longer, but after the third one, they usually just dig up the field and replant.
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I think where I live (plenty of pineapples) the growers have said that you can get about 3 pinapples off the same plant, but after the first fruiting, the successive fruit get somewhat smaller in size. They might continue to live even longer, but after the third one, they usually just dig up the field and replant.
Oh, really?! That’s good news! I am glad because I’d hate to have to throw them away! I just bought one this year from an Ebay seller and he said that it was already starting to fruit or at least just about ready to! Very excited now! Thanks so much for your help and replies to me too by the way!
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Also, if you save the top. Let it dry a couple of days and plant it will sprout roots and grow. Mine has fruited twice.
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Also, if you save the top. Let it dry a couple of days and plant it will sprout roots and grow. Mine has fruited twice.
Really?! I didn’t know you can save the tops and replant it! Pretty smart! I think I’ll have to give it a try! Oh and yes I’m quite impressed yours fruited twice as well! Thanks so much!
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You can start them from tops, that is how my kids and I started the ones we have. So from what I have read, the plant makes pups(suckers) like a banana plant does.
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You can start them from tops, that is how my kids and I started the ones we have. So from what I have read, the plant makes pups(suckers) like a banana plant does.
I think it’s nice that you and your kids got to grow a plant together as a family! Nice!

I’m quite impressed that the pineapple grows pups just like a banana plant! Pretty cool! Thanks for the reply & help!
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The local growers I've talked to tell me that a sucker will grow into a fruiting plant much faster than growing them from a discarded pineapple top. I wouldn't know, I've never done a comparison.

Also, if you get the older spiny varieties (the spiny-ness was bred out of many varieties), you can plant them under windows to strongly discourage burglars.
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Also, if you get the older spiny varieties (the spiny-ness was bred out of many varieties), you can plant them under windows to strongly discourage burglars.
Well, that’s good to know! I guess if you think about it, it does makes some sense! The pup was already established with roots and stuff compared to top that has to start growing it’s own roots and isn’t established. So now I’m glad I bought some already growing plants! I should have a better start then! Hey, either way you should end up with a nice plant though!

OMG! You comment about planting spiny plants under the window is hilarious! I love it! You’re right it certainly would cause them to not want to bother with you or your house! Great idea!
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So yes, you can usually continue to have more fruit … Once I pick the fruit, there usually is a “sucker” that I look for on the mother plant that I focus on to continue growing. I’ve been able to have a few generations by growing the suckers from one plant but eventually the base stem gets too long, lays on the ground, and that when I get rot. A single one of my pineapple plants can put off 5-8 different types of pups so I pull up the plant if it gets stem rot as I can easily replace it with one of the pups. I live in S. FL so I don’t worry about weather (just too much water).

So you can usually propagate pineapple from different kind of growths from the “mother” plant. Seems everyone mixes up the names so they usually just call them pups. The type of “pup” matters as each grows differently.

1. So growing the “crown” or top of a pineapple fruit is easy way to start. I “pop” off the top (rather than cut the top), peel back a few layer of the bottom leaves, let it dry for a day or two, and stick it with well draining soil in a pot. I live in Florida so I just transplant in a month or two into the garden. You can start in a glass of water but I find it takes longer to get the plant into growth mode and it rots half the time. For me, a crown it the slowest way to grow (2+ years)

2. Slips (or hapas) grow from the stalk just below the fruit. I usually get a few per fruit. Jut pop them off when they get big enough (look like tiny plants). You can leave them on the stalk after you pick the fruit as the bigger they get the faster they will produce. Supposedly removing them early will help the fruit grow bigger, but I can’t tell. For me, next slowest way to grow. (1-2 yrs.)

3. Suckers grow out from between the leaves. You can pop them off or just leave them on. Leaving them on the mother plant is best way for me. This is usually how people say they get second or third fruiting as the new sucker will produce another fruit. Don’t know technically if still “mother” plant or now a “daughter” plant but whatever… I focus on one sucker and pop off any extras. It grows faster as it already has an established root system. (1+ year). Best way to grow.

4. Ratoons come from underground off the mother plant stem. Also a fast way to grow… but I pop them off and stick in pot too.

From my experience, just don’t overwater. Pineapples are in the bromeliad family so rain / sprinkler will usually is all I do. I give a little minor nutrients but find they do need chelated iron. What is really doesn’t like is wet feet; it’ll rot pretty quick in standing water / continuous wet soil. I plant mine in a small mound but if in pot make sure its well-draining.
They are pretty easy to grow and the flowers are fascinating to watch grow into fruit.
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So yes, you can usually continue to have more fruit … Once I pick the fruit, there usually is a “sucker” that I look for on the mother plant that I focus on to continue growing. I’ve been able to have a few generations by growing the suckers from one plant but eventually the base stem gets too long, lays on the ground, and that when I get rot. A single one of my pineapple plants can put off 5-8 different types of pups so I pull up the plant if it gets stem rot as I can easily replace it with one of the pups. I live in S. FL so I don’t worry about weather (just too much water).

So you can usually propagate pineapple from different kind of growths from the “mother” plant. Seems everyone mixes up the names so they usually just call them pups. The type of “pup” matters as each grows differently.

1. So growing the “crown” or top of a pineapple fruit is easy way to start. I “pop” off the top (rather than cut the top), peel back a few layer of the bottom leaves, let it dry for a day or two, and stick it with well draining soil in a pot. I live in Florida so I just transplant in a month or two into the garden. You can start in a glass of water but I find it takes longer to get the plant into growth mode and it rots half the time. For me, a crown it the slowest way to grow (2+ years)

2. Slips (or hapas) grow from the stalk just below the fruit. I usually get a few per fruit. Jut pop them off when they get big enough (look like tiny plants). You can leave them on the stalk after you pick the fruit as the bigger they get the faster they will produce. Supposedly removing them early will help the fruit grow bigger, but I can’t tell. For me, next slowest way to grow. (1-2 yrs.)

3. Suckers grow out from between the leaves. You can pop them off or just leave them on. Leaving them on the mother plant is best way for me. This is usually how people say they get second or third fruiting as the new sucker will produce another fruit. Don’t know technically if still “mother” plant or now a “daughter” plant but whatever… I focus on one sucker and pop off any extras. It grows faster as it already has an established root system. (1+ year). Best way to grow.

4. Ratoons come from underground off the mother plant stem. Also a fast way to grow… but I pop them off and stick in pot too.

From my experience, just don’t overwater. Pineapples are in the bromeliad family so rain / sprinkler will usually is all I do. I give a little minor nutrients but find they do need chelated iron. What is really doesn’t like is wet feet; it’ll rot pretty quick in standing water / continuous wet soil. I plant mine in a small mound but if in pot make sure its well-draining.
They are pretty easy to grow and the flowers are fascinating to watch grow into fruit.
Wow! I am amazed at how much information there is about how to grow pineapple plants! I guess I don’t know much if anything at all myself about it! Thanks so much for sharing both your knowledge and experience with me! I genuinely think that after reading this I feel much more confident in growing pineapples in any way possible! I really appreciate it!
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So yes, you can usually continue to have more fruit … Once I pick the fruit, there usually is a “sucker” that I look for on the mother plant that I focus on to continue growing. I’ve been able to have a few generations by growing the suckers from one plant but eventually the base stem gets too long, lays on the ground, and that when I get rot. A single one of my pineapple plants can put off 5-8 different types of pups so I pull up the plant if it gets stem rot as I can easily replace it with one of the pups. I live in S. FL so I don’t worry about weather (just too much water).

So you can usually propagate pineapple from different kind of growths from the “mother” plant. Seems everyone mixes up the names so they usually just call them pups. The type of “pup” matters as each grows differently.

1. So growing the “crown” or top of a pineapple fruit is easy way to start. I “pop” off the top (rather than cut the top), peel back a few layer of the bottom leaves, let it dry for a day or two, and stick it with well draining soil in a pot. I live in Florida so I just transplant in a month or two into the garden. You can start in a glass of water but I find it takes longer to get the plant into growth mode and it rots half the time. For me, a crown it the slowest way to grow (2+ years)

2. Slips (or hapas) grow from the stalk just below the fruit. I usually get a few per fruit. Jut pop them off when they get big enough (look like tiny plants). You can leave them on the stalk after you pick the fruit as the bigger they get the faster they will produce. Supposedly removing them early will help the fruit grow bigger, but I can’t tell. For me, next slowest way to grow. (1-2 yrs.)

3. Suckers grow out from between the leaves. You can pop them off or just leave them on. Leaving them on the mother plant is best way for me. This is usually how people say they get second or third fruiting as the new sucker will produce another fruit. Don’t know technically if still “mother” plant or now a “daughter” plant but whatever… I focus on one sucker and pop off any extras. It grows faster as it already has an established root system. (1+ year). Best way to grow.

4. Ratoons come from underground off the mother plant stem. Also a fast way to grow… but I pop them off and stick in pot too.

From my experience, just don’t overwater. Pineapples are in the bromeliad family so rain / sprinkler will usually is all I do. I give a little minor nutrients but find they do need chelated iron. What is really doesn’t like is wet feet; it’ll rot pretty quick in standing water / continuous wet soil. I plant mine in a small mound but if in pot make sure its well-draining.
They are pretty easy to grow and the flowers are fascinating to watch grow into fruit.
Best explanation of different propagation techniques right here. And I second the watering advice.
Would add, that pineapple plants multiply like weeds, so don’t be shy to separate ratoons, slips or suckers into new pots or growing spots.
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Best explanation of different propagation techniques right here. And I second the watering advice.
Would add, that pineapple plants multiply like weeds, so don’t be shy to separate ratoons, slips or suckers into new pots or growing spots.
Thanks! I appreciate your help as well!
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