Booooo to me. I'd heard about growing pineapples from the tops. Stupidly, I thought I could just chop off the top of a pineapple and stick it in the ground, so that's what I did. Of course they rotted, and I threw them in the compost pile. My mother had tried it as well and got the same result. I called her and told her about the results of my experiment, and while we were talking, she was busy researching how to propagate pineapples. It turns out you're supposed to remove all the flesh from the pineapple, remove the lowest leaves which hide the primordial roots, and let them dry out for a week, turned upside down, in the shade.
Yesterday, my boyfriend and I were at Central Market and grabbed 4 pineapple tops that were being used as decoration - I'm not going to buy a pineapple just for the top! I actually don't like pineapple all that much, but I love a challenge and think pineapple plants look lovely. So last night, I got busy removing the flesh and leaves, rinsing them down, and spraying some fungicide as a precaution. Seeing the roots got me all excited! I started peeling back the leaves and thought they were worms for a second, but after peeling back some more leaves, I realized that the tops do in fact have little roots. EXCITING!! So now I have 4 potential pineapple plants, and I'm hoping for the best. If it doesn't work out, at least I haven't spent any money. I'm not entirely sure if I've done it right, but here are pictures of what I've done so there'll be documentation of what to do or, preferably not, what not to do:
Random Fact: Pineapples are within the Bromeliaceae family - it's a bromeliad!