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Do Pineapples Grow on Trees or Out of the Ground?

Have you ever been eating pineapple at a bbq or sipping a pineapple flavored cocktail and asked yourself, “where do pineapples grow”? According to Google AdWords data, there are 12,100 monthly searches worldwide for the query “where do pinapples grow”.

So, you’re not alone with that question and don’t beat yourself up for not knowing the answer. In this post, we will help you understand this pervasive question. But, before we directly answer that question, let’s examine who and where are people searching for these queries.

What countries are searching for this type of question?

According to Google Trends, the United Kingdom searches the most around this question, followed by the United States, Ireland, Canada, and Australia respectively.

In the United States, Arizona looks for this answer the most out of all 50 state followed by Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Illinois.

So, what is the answer? Where do pineapples grow?

Contrary to what some people think, pineapples don’t grow on trees – they grow out of the ground from a leafy plant. The main shoot, which consists of a shoot apex or growing part of the stem, is always growing upward and never dies. The fruit is formed in thes stem when the shoot apex makes a flower bud instead of a leaf bud according to the Pineapple Project research.

How long does it take for a pineapple to grow to its full size?

Pineapples grow from clusters of pollinated flowers that join together to form the fruit and are ready to harvest about 20+ months after planting according to Better Health.

How long does it take for a pineapple to ripen?

While a pineapple may take over 2 years to grow to full maturity, they are usually picked slightly earlier. Webquestions breaks down this answer in stages:

-Rooting the crown: 2 weeks

-Planting and letting the roots grow: 2-3 months. After that stage you have a healthy pineapple growing.

-Grow a flower: 15 months

-Mature and ripe: 3-4 months

So, once a flower is visible in the center of the stalk, it takes an additional 3-4 months to ripen for consumption. Dole Fruit Hawaii states that a pineapple will not ripen any further – get any sweeter- after picking.

Do pineapples have seeds?

Life Science answers this question well by stating, the crown of the fruit contains small roots and if it’s planted into the ground (or in a pot), a new fruit-producing plant will grow, which means there is no seeds. Additionally, the plant’s “suckers”(side shoots) and “slips” can produce new plants when re-planted. Pineapples are amazing seedless fruits that is produced by the fusion of several flowers into one large fruit.

How many pineapples grow on one plant?

Pineapple plants only produce one pineapple every fruiting season, but the plant can produce fruit for up to 50 years says Better Health.

Where do pineapples grow in the world?

The plant is indigenous to South America from the area between southern Brazil and Paraguay. However, the majority of the world’s pineapples now come from Southeast Asia namesly the Philippines and Thailand. The Huffington Post sites the freshest pineapples found in the US come from Costa Rica or Hawaii grown pineapples.


We hope we summed up the mysterious question of where do pineapples grow.