I bought two pineapples this week at the grocery store and took advantage of a sale and coupons. I cut those up this past week. The two tops of course are now rooting on my kitchen counter so I will have two more pineapple plants in a few weeks.
When a plant gets older, it will begin to put on "pups" (shoots off the base of the main plant). I had two plants with pups. I only removed them from one as the only plant is producing a pineapple. I do not want to disturb it too much. Here is a picture of the second plant so you can see one of the pups.
It is a little hard to see since the plant is so big. If you notice the front left side of the plant, you can see leaves which are slightly smaller. There is a second one on the other side. You simply find the base of the plant and cut away the pup with a sharp knife. Of the two I removed one had very defined roots while the second did not. Roots will grow once the pup is planted.
The two plants in front are the pups. I removed them from the plant that produced a pineapple earlier this year. That plant is still growing strong. These will be kept in a shaded area of the yard for a couple of weeks. The removal of the shoots was simple and they should grow just fine. My free pineapple plants just keep producing more and more freebies for me!