Here is something we're trying out and we'll see how it goes.
We're going to grow a couple of pineapples at the farm.
Slice off the top as you normally would in preparation for peeling the rest and eating (love fresh pineapple!).
Take the stem in one hand, hold the edge of the fruit portion and twist in opposite directions. The entire stem should pop out as you twist it. Start peeling off some of the leaves around the base...
...until it's all nice and cleaned off. I sliced a bit more of the stem end just to have a flat surface. You'll see some little spots on there, those are where the roots will come out...
Put it in a glass of water. If the glass is small enough, the remaining leaves will help to hold it upright in the water. Then just let it root (missed that photo) for a couple of weeks (it takes a bit). Be sure and change the water every couple of days. Little white roots will shoot out from the sides, they are thicker than you might imagine small, fine roots would be.
Once it looks like there are enough roots, it's time to plant.
I used some potting soil from a bag that we had left over, a couple of clay pots and planted the now rooted stems. This is about two weeks after planting and new growth is already coming out at the top. Yay!
Now from what I've read, it can take up to two years for the them to produce an actual fruit so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Hey, if nothing else, it's fun growing a "new" plant.
Anyone done this?