Hi Jeremy, How art thou?
And thank you for the clarified instructions. And for the memories with mom and the carrot tops. This is a photo of a pineapple that the center rotted and I was going to toss in the compost pile but to my surprise it grew from the side.
Hi, wormfood. Glad I could bring back a few memories of childhood gardening!
The pineapple bromeliads are actually very sturdy little buggers, from my experience. I lost a lot of my "pineapple plantation" (consisting of about 10 plants -- LOL) in the severe winters of 2009 - 2010, but the nice part is, the plants are easily replaced by buying another fresh pineapple at the grocery store.
I generally just pull off the few bottom rows of "leaves" around the core stem, stick the plant in the ground in sandy soil in my garden and let it grow without much further care. As you noted, even if the center browns out, dries up, or rots, the pineapple stem will often send out a "pup" from the side.