Q&A with Jorge
Two for One
I had one seed produce two seedlings! How is this possible? It looks like twins or a forked plant – very cool. I need to know because this is making me crazy. I’m a new grower and I hope my question won’t make me look like an idiot. Have you ever heard of such a thing and do you think my little buddy will grow in a normal manner? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Very good question! Although somewhat uncommon, two seedlings growing from the same “seed” is more common now than in years past. A few strains are more prone to this condition, most notably Kali Mist and Bubble Gum. To learn more about this minor mutation I called my good friend Simon, a former biology instructor, and owner of Serious Seeds. According to Simon, the condition is caused when two female embryos grow within the same seed cask or shell. Both of the embryos are pollinated, but they both develop within a single containing seed shell. In some cases the seed shell looks a little different. You can actually see a minor division and tell that the two embryos are fused together within the cask. Other strains show absolutely no sign that there are two embryos in the same shell. You could actually liken this condition to twin offspring in humans. It is a kind of evolution that makes the seed genetics more prone to surviving under harsh conditions.
You have two options. Remove one of the seedlings or carefully separate them and grow both into adults. If one of the sprouts is exceptionally weak, remove it and let the stronger of the two survive. If both seedlings appear to be equally strong, separate them carefully before the roots grow very long. Roots on both seedlings are essential to the little plant lets well being.