Why does a pineapple have seeds? - Knowledgebase Question

Abingdon, VA
Question by marthab
July 9, 1998
I bought a pineapple at the store. When cutting it up to eat I found small dark brown seeds behind the eyes. I thought that pineapple plants were propagated by planting the top of the plant and that the roots for the next plants were there. So why would they have seeds? This was an Hawaiian pineapple. I have tried looking this up in numerous books to no avail. Thank you!


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Answer from NGA
July 9, 1998

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Pineapples are members of the Bromeliad family. Bromeliad's can be started from seed, but it's a slow process from germination to flowering. Pineapple plants are generally started from cuttings, but you can plant the seeds and try growing an indoor pineapple plant. The seeds need no pre-treatment. Just plant them on top of some moist seed starting mix (they need light to germinate) and keep them at 60F - 70F degrees. Cover the tray or container with plastic wrap to help hold in the moisture, but remove the plastic when the seeds sprout. Expect germination in 90 days. Your pineapple plant may not produce pineapples, but you never know.... Good luck!

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