Ever wonder how a pineapple plant yields fruit? Pineapple flowers once a year to produce a single pineapple. The plant is grown commercially on a 2 or 3 year cycle and takes 32-46 months to harvest. While the plant dies, they produce suckers, or ratoons, as the main plant is flowering. While the mother plant dies the ratoons will continue to grow and produce new fruit. Most people grow these as houseplants due to the climate demands to grow outdoors.
- Pineapples can only flower once and produce a single pineapple. After fruiting, the mother plant will not fruit again.
- 23-46 months is required for the completion of the harvesting process for pineapples
- The ‘Smooth Cayenne’ is the preferred pineapple strain that is grown by commercial planters due to its flavor and lack of seeds and spines
“Pineapple plants do not fruit more than once – that is, the mother plant doesn’t fruit again.”