Is it possible to get 2 new suckers from a recently planted (6 weeks ago) pineapple crown already?
I used the method of taking a pineapple crown, trimming it, putting it in water for 2 weeks and when I saw roots starting, I planted in a good sized planter outside. ( We live in Florida and it is very hot and humid). About a week ago, I noticed 2 small leaves popping up on each side of the crown. They are growing fast and now resemble very small pineapple plants.I assume they are suckers, but everything I read says the suckers will grow in between the leaves of a mother only after she produces a fruit. The crown itself does not look any bigger since planting, but these babies are growing! Should I uproot them and replant in their own pot, or should I just leave them be. Thanks in advance for your answer!
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This does happen sometimes. It is not very common, but it does happen. This likely occurred due to severe damage to the top that was planted, whether it be an infection, or severe trimming.
In response, the top had enough material to send up two new pups to replace the dying top. This is something that is more common with mature plants, and not very young offsets, but with the use of pesticides and strange breeding habits, there have come many new mutations and adaptations that allow for things to happen much faster in response to stress.
I would wait until they are both very established and have their own root system before transplanting them. They will soon outgrow the mother plant, and this will signal that they are ready to be separated.