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lbarden547
Kingsville, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 15, 2013
2:00 PM

Post #9521794

Has anyone here ever tried growing pineapple from seed?
Every time I cut up a pineapple, I look at those little black seeds & wonder.
Would they grow?

Has anyone tried it?
What were your experiences with them?

I'd appreciate your thoughts on the subject.

Zen_Man
Ottawa, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2013
8:50 AM

Post #9522666

Try it, and let us know what happens. I know you aren't going to have any luck trying to grow bananas from seeds, because all the bananas in the produce section are "seedless" triploids. I think all the commercial varieties of pineapples are propagated vegetatively, but, of course, in the plant breeding phase, seed production and growing from seed does occur.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2013
7:03 PM

Post #9555516

I think it would be easier to start a plant from the discarded top

blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

September 11, 2013
10:16 PM

Post #9657623

pollengarden wrote:I think it would be easier to start a plant from the discarded top


It is. I have done so. It does make a nice houseplant. Cut the top off leaving some of the pineapple on it. Place it in a saucer of water, like you would do a cutting. Out of the sun. Change the water daily. I can't remember how long it took to root since I did it years ago. I potted up when it rooted. Had it for quite a while then lost it to spider mites at a time when I knew nothing about gardening or bugs.

lbarden547
Kingsville, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 12, 2013
3:27 PM

Post #9658172

I appreciate y'all's answers, but apparently I didn't make myself clear.
I have no intention of trying to grow a pineapple from seed.
I do know they are fairly easily to grow from the tops.
And have rooted them in the past.
(Although, honestly, they didn't grow very well.)

I was simply curious as to whether the seeds in them are viable or not.
In other words, could one, if one did wish, grow a pineapple from the seeds.
Or are those seeds merely useless little nuisances
put there to be annoying to fresh pineapple lovers?
I have never heard of anyone doing this, & was curious if anyone here had tried it.

Again, thanks for your answers.
Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2013
6:14 PM

Post #9658298

From here:
http://www.ogtr.gov.au/internet/ogtr/publishing.nsf/content/pineapple-3/$FILE/biologypineapple08_2.pdf

Quoting:
2.4.1 Breeding
Pineapple is largely vegetatively propagated. Sexual reproduction is rare in nature because pineapple is self sterile; seeds if produced by self fertilization germinate slowly with low vigour and young seedlings are fragile due to inbreeding depression (Purseglove 1972; Daniela1999; Bartholomew et al. 2003).


It looks like the answer is possible, but not likely.
lbarden547
Kingsville, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 13, 2013
8:21 AM

Post #9658729

Thank you, Doug9345.

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