Pineapple Growing Question - Strange Occurance

coco-nut(9)October 4, 2012

I like growing pineapples. My favorite thing to grow. I planted a pineapple top as I normally do and strange enough two pineapple plants are growing from one top. I have been growing for years and a couple of years ago I noticed this happening to a few tops that I have planted but being lazy and busy I did not take care of the plants and they died out. I then this summer decided to plant some and take care of these plants this time. Well one of the two I planted the same thing happened, one top planted and two pineapple plants are starting to grow from that one top. The other top I planted I am not sure about because it's just got one plant growing and is about a month younger so only time will tell.

Do any of you who plant pineapples have this happen where one top will produce two plants? Like I say only a few years ago did I notice this happening but the plants never fruited due to neglect, this time this is happening I want to see it all the way through and see how the pineapples look. But prior to a few years ago this never happened, never but all of a sudden it's happening a lot. I wonder if these are tops from genetically engineered pineapples that's why the new plants from the tops are like this.

Thanks,

James

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tropicbreezent

I've seen photos of pineapple fruit with multiple tops, all fairly small, but I thought they were more an ornamental one. Obviously they're around now, what was rhe fruit like? Have no idea whether they might be GM. All mine have single tops but the parent plants usually get multiple pups after fruiting.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 9:14AM
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coco-nut(9)

I have seen pics of the multiple tops one one pineapple also. I read that those with multiple tops don't taste good. I know that's a matter of opinion and never had tried one but saying I read that. I think they say sometimes the smooth cayenne variety are the ones that sometimes have this happen to them.

In the case of my original post I was saying that when I plant a crown or a top the top is rooting and a new plant starts to grow and that plant that is growing from the original crown is off to one side. For years that is what the standard growth is but recently I have noticed that when I plant the crown/top not one but two plants start growing from the original crown and I am not sure why. The first time that happened a few years ago I got lazy and didn't water and the plants died. This time I just planted one a few months ago and I see two plants growing again from one crown so I'm going to water and take care of it and see what happens. I'm curious about this. I don't see any info on the Internet about this. I am just curious if these pineapples are genetically engineered so when they plant a crown the crown gives birth to two plants in order to get two pineapples from one planting because two plants grow from the one crown. I'll have to take a photo and place it on here so I can show you guys.

Thanks for your interest.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 9:43PM
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tropicbreezent

I see what you mean. I've never had that happen with any of mine in many years of growing them. You'd think sharing the one root system the fruit would be smaller. But maybe that's what they want. Here with mangos the market price for fruit increases with size of fruit up to a medium size, then price drops off as the fruit gets larger. The dealers believe the public prefers the medium size rather than the large.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 11:01PM
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coco-nut(9)

tropicbreezent, I will post a photo of the pineapple top that is sprouting two plants and over the months I'll post pics as an update to progress of the plant. If you can follow this discussion for a couple of years you'll see if it does produce two full sized pineapples, one per plant. I'll not neglect it this time like the others and see if we get something good from it. Thanks for your input.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 12:10AM
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rednofl(9b Goldenrod Fl hz 10)

We had a speaker retired from Dole pineapple at our Fruit club meeting. He said you can divide the crown and get get 4 plants from each one. I assumed by splitting it you would cause each one to pup before it died.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 6:01AM
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coco-nut(9)

rednofl, interesting. I always wondered if I did divide a crown in half if I'd get two plants growing but never thought about dividing in 4 parts. So my whole crown is just producing 2 plants as if I had cut it in half.

I guess maybe Dole and other companies divide theirs in half or quarters to grow more from one crown. That makes sense in order to keep production at a maximum. They would need to in order to keep up with demand. Next time I am in Hawaii I'll go to a pineapple field and see if it's freshly planted and see if all the pineapples crowns were divided or quartered.

Interesting though that only recently I've seen my crowns grow more than one plant but never before has this happened.

Thanks for the info.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:54AM
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tropicbreezent

I've heard of crowns being split before. Usually it's done when there's a shortage of planting material.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:39PM
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coco-nut(9)

The pineapple tops I planted were "Tropical Gold" variety, grown in Hawaii. I know that Del Monte completely stopped production in Hawaii but Dole still has some there. Most of the time if I buy a pineapple that is Dole it will say Product of Costa Rica but if I'm lucky I'll get a Dole grown in Hawaii. Why lucky, what's better about Hawaiian than Costa Rican? Not sure but it just seems more of a rarity now to get a Hawaiian grown pineapple than a Costa Rican. Also the Hawaiian ones I recently got were very sweet and looked to be ripened on the plant and not cut off green. Dole says green is ripe but I beg to differ. The Hawaiian ones I got were gold and gold off the plant but the Costa Rican ones I see are always green with no sweet scent.

Question to you, the Hawaiian one the tag has Tropical Gold. From the Dole website Topical Gold are grown in Latin America, I suppose Costa Rica to be specific. So would you say that the ones in Hawaii are the exact breed as in Latin America since both are called Tropical Gold? Or do you think there is some variation in the Tropical Gold variety between Hawaii and Costa Rica?

What is the difference between Tropical Gold and the Smooth Cayenne varieties? The Dole page doesn't go into that but just say that Dole started with Smooth Cayenne and then developed the Tropical Gold 100 years later.

Thanks

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 1:01PM
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hotdiggetydam

Pineapples are being grown in Costa Rica because Chester Skotak lives there and he has 20 yrs in developing sweeter and juicey fruits. So the commercial stuff moved closer to him.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 11:52PM
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