The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with an edible fruit and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae. The pineapple is indigenous to South America, where it has been cultivated for many centuries.
Pineapples are fairly slow growing Bromeliads . From slips they take about a year to mature enough to form a flower for fruit . From suckers about 1 1/2 years to form flowers and from cuttings they can take 2 1/2 years to mature enough to flower. Once they flower it takes another 6 months for the fruit to mature.