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    Do you guys get split seedlings?

    I got done with placing my germ seeds in seeding trays, couple weeks ago. Noticed that alot of my seedlings have split, two separate sets of stalk and their own sets of green leaves.
    Anyone else this happen to?
    ETA: I am certain that I only placed a single germinated seedling into the seeding tray.

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    I don't remember having any. Those things are so small it's easy to get more in there than you think. Try gently pulling one of the two up while the roots are small and straight.

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    I started over a thousand seedlings this year and only found one.

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    It happens to me every time I forget to wear my glasses while transplanting. Weird coincidence huh?

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    Never seen one actually split. I try to get 3-4 seeds in each hole when I plant a flat, but what comes up often looks more like a chia pet farm. And that's when I wear my glasses. I do a lot of thinning. lol
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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    Here's the one I got, it was odd enough to take a picture of.

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    Quote Originally Posted by FmGrowit View Post
    It happens to me every time I forget to wear my glasses while transplanting. Weird coincidence huh?
    You trying to say I'm old? Just because I rate my dates based on how much SS they collect doesn't make me old.

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    If the two stalks actually arise from the same root, then I would guess that the apical meristem (the growth tip) of the original seedling was injured in some way--fungus, brute force, etc.--and what you have is equally developed axial buds from the cotyledon.

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    what cultivar was it? I've seen multiple stems in the field before from ground suckers (its really common in oriental types) but you don't generally see it so young.

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    Re: Do you guys get split seedlings?

    Quote Originally Posted by USNicotianaGermplasmCollection View Post
    what cultivar was it? I've seen multiple stems in the field before from ground suckers (its really common in oriental types) but you don't generally see it so young.
    It was an Oriental, but I can only narrow it down to one of four possibles. It's Yenidje, Tasova, Izmir Ozbas or Smyrna 9, it's what I planted on the date the picture was taken.

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