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Old May 8, 2017   #1
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Default The Ugly Duckling

Something strange happened to me. Last March I sowed some of the billions seeds I received from some generous members of this forum. Most of them germinated. There was this one seedling that was growing well. The stem was thick and it had already sprouted its cotyledons. A few days after, all other seedlings already had their true leaves, but this one didn’t develope any. The cotyledons kept growing and became huge and thick but that’s all I got from it. I’ve placed it on the kitchen counter and I haven’t given it a single drop of water in about two weeks.
This monster is still alive.
I’ve named this plant “The Ugly Duckling”, but maybe “Texas Longhorn” would have been a more appropriate nickname.

Has anything like that ever happened to you?
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Oh give the baby a drink of water and see what it becomes!!
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I have never had this happen, but I do recall it happening before to someone else. I do not see the start of anything like a main stem. It is probably a mule but I agree with Spike and would give it some water to see what it does. It most likely will never be something to put into the garden.
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I have had it happen when I see a green knob between the two cotyldons,it's called a blind plant and rarely will it send a shoot out from that green knob, but not often.

So I wait for a time to see what happens, watering it and letting it live when it becomes obvious it needs a gentle euthanasia with which I oblige.

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I've got one of those this year too.
Mine's bigger, 3.5" cotyledons
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That's a winner Ray, a frigatebird there.
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I've seen it a few times with peppers, but not tomatoes. Holy cotyledono!
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If you grow enough seedlings, there will be some weird ones over the years. Here's two from last year - a siamese twin on one of Paddymac's F2 blue variegated Tiger seedlings:



and an F6 Spanish Spice pepper that I thought was a quadcot, but the stem is so broad that it might also be a twin:


I can't say what happened to them, as I likely planted them out along with all the others and lost track of their differences as they aged and the dominant side put out branches like any normal plant.
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Hey Fritz77, what ever was this seedlings outcome???
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This happened to me this year with one tomato seedling. It kind of got lost among its growing sisters, so I hadn't kept track. But now I know what it was before she hit the compost
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I had 3 of them this year. They did nothing. Didn't die didn't grow. I won't waste time on them anymore.
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I placed the Ugly Duckling on the kitchen counter and I watered it just like I did with my other seedlings. One day when my wife was cleaning the kitchen she moved it in the corner behind the espresso machine where it remained for a week or so. I forgot about it and the plant died.
Guess we’ll never know what it would have been like
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