A sucker is a plant growth that develops from the rootstock of a plant that has undergone grafting.
- A sucker grows from the base of the root of the plant at a certain distance away from the plant.
- This undesirable part of the plant should be removed to prevent it from sucking away the plant’s energy.
- Rooted suckers can be dug up and planted elsewhere.
A pineapple plant flowers only once and produces one pineapple. Then it dies. But before it dies it also produces offspring.
- Suckers or pups are little plantlets that grow between the leaves of the mature pineapple.
- Some varieties will produce more suckers than others, some will start earlier and others later.
- But they all produce at least a few suckers or pups before they die.
- If you leave the suckers in place you get what is called a “ratoon crop”.
- How to take off suckers from pineapple plants: Grab them as close to the base as possible, and twist and pull at the same time. They usually come off easily.
- And then plant them like you plant pineapple tops. Just stick them in the ground and they’ll grow.
- Variety name: Smooth Cayenne.
- The maturity period is 18 months.