@drea0508 hi, I started this plant from a regular pineapple topper bought at the store , it took a little less than 3 years for it to develop a fruit, it takes less time when is planted in The ground or when the plant comes from a mother plant.
@LSeastrom1219 honestly I didn't do much just give it plenty of sun and enough water in the hot season, don't water often during cold weather ,it would do best in ground but mine is in a 20gl pot and it did just fine ,if you want to use fertilizer opt for organic compost ,good luck with your pineapples 😊
Eventually it will be another pineapple fruit but it will take a couple of years first. The good news is this offshoot will produce a standard size fruit where the fruit you're growing now is smaller than the original one from which you got your top to start the plant, @naturelover2188 . Here in Southwest Florida I have to cut the fruits earlier than I would like to because too many things like to eat pineapple.
Raccoons, squirrels, rats, and rabbits all will eat pineapple @naturelover2188. Even birds will peck at it. If I've waited 2 years to get a pineapple fruit then I better be the one to be eating it, not the wild animals! Hahaha