Pineapple seeds

Norman Woollons
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:17:06 PST
Hi Leo

Oh great!  At last a question I can answer...

I have been sprouting pineapples using the crowns rather than seeds for a
number of years. I have two on the sunny kitchen windowsill in glass jars
at the moment. I find them relatively easy although they take some time.

When you buy a pineapple, look for one which has green shoots at the centre
of the crown.  It doesn't matter if the edge leaves are brown and curled.

Cut the pineapple straight across,about 3 CM below the lowest leaves, then
cut the flesh below the lowest leaves, leaving a plug of the fibrous
pineapple centre.

Strip the lower leaves by pulling them down sharply, and remove about 1.5
CM up the crown.  If you look carefully where the leaves have pulled away,
you may see some tiny white root nodules.

Put the crown in a glass jar filled with tap water, so that the water
covers the white area of the fibrous core of the crown.  Change the water
frequently, I tend to do it weekly and have patience.

The first thing you will see is the white nodules swelling and then roots
will appear.

Once you have a new shoot growing, transfer the rooted crown into a very
wet compost mix.  keep it wet until the crown has rooted.

Good luck.

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On 11 February 2018 at 06:22, oooOIOooo via pbs <> wrote:

> > Off topic, but ... Does anyone have any pointers on how to sprout
> pineapple
> > seeds?
> It is common to find small things the size of strawberry seeds in
> pineapple fruits. (What we call a fruit is actually a compound fruit. Each
> segment is a fruit.) Unless your seeds are quite large, they probably
> aren't viable. I've tried sprouting the small things many times without
> success.
> This group of bromeliads tends to have among the largest seeds in the
> family. Many genus Bromelia seeds are the size of dried peas, or larger.
> Yes, pineapples are genus Ananas, but they are closely related to Bromelia.
> Most non-Tillandsia bromeliad seed can be sprouted the same way. Put them
> on the surface of some soil, keep very wet, and as hot as you can keep
> them. 100 F / 39C is nowhere too hot. Give Bromelia as much sun as possible
> from the very beginning; jungle epiphytes need less. I sprout seeds of my
> bromelias outdoors, in the hottest part of our year.
> Leo Martin
> Phoenix Arizona USA
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