The other day, as I was eating pineapple, I noticed that it was full of seeds (see pic below for what they look like). I have grown plants from the crowns on top of the fruit (even a couple patented ones that were mutated to prevent propagation - don't tell anyone :P), but I'm actually interested in starting seeds.
What's the most efficient way to remove them from the fruits?
Do they require special cleaning (I wonder because of the enzyme content of the fruit)
How long do they store?
Do they require treatment before sowing?
What conditions do they require for good germination?
- soil type
- planting depth
What kind of fertilizer is best, and when to start applying?
- How long until germination, and how long until fruiting-sized plants (under optimal conditions)?
Here's a picture of the seeds, for those who don't know how they look: