Where Are The Seeds In The Pineapple?

by Thomas
(Crossville, TN)

I have heard that you can grow pineapples from seed. I bought one and ate it but never saw any seeds. Do pineapples really have seeds?


Answer

Not all pineapples have seeds in them. They occur mainly in wild pineapple growing in South America. Most commercial pineapple has been bred not to produce seeds. The kind of pineapple you find in the supermarket is grown by planting the top of the fruit or a slip from the mother plant.

I did find seeds in a pineapple I bought at a local fruit stand once. If a pineapple has seeds in it, you will find them in the very bottom slice of the fruit. The part you would normally cut off and throw away.

The seeds are small, hard, and dark brown. To sprout them, put them in a small glass jar with just a drop or two of water. Prepare for a long wait.

Pineapple seeds are very slow to sprout and the seedlings are tiny. I can't imagine how long it would take them to grow into bearing plants.

I think you're better off planting the top.

Go to this page Starting A Pineapple Plant for information on how to do this.

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