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Turkey
transitionmetal
Jun 9, 2020 10:19 AM CST
Hello,

I have been growing lemon seedlings and I have noticed that I have twins! I just wanted to ask if it is possible to learn why one of the twins has small and curled leaves. If you shine a light through its leaves, you see that some parts of the leaves are thinner as well. What is causing this problem? Is it normal for twin plants?

Thank you in advance,

Sincerely


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 10:39 AM CST
Welcome!

It means the lemon seed was polyembryonic. That means there were several embryos inside the seed (common in citrus). One embryo is the dominant grower and the others (it could be more than just twins) will die, usually before they emerge from the soil. The littler one is feeling the effects of being out-competed by its more vigorous sibling. The good new is citrus grown from polyembryonic seed will be true to the parent.

If you carefully peel the outer skin of the lemon seed away and look with a magnifying glass, you will be able to see the embryos layered on top of one another.

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Turkey
transitionmetal
Jun 9, 2020 11:02 AM CST
Thank you for your welcome and prompt reply! I will just wait for the small one to die then...
Turkey
transitionmetal
Jul 20, 2020 3:35 AM CST
It has been a while now, but I am noticing that one of the seedlings is slightly paler than the other. Is this normal, should I let it be; or should I take some measures?

Thanks in advance.


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 20, 2020 10:11 AM CST
What are your citrus planted in? Did it have added nutrients? Have you added fertilizer since you planted them? How old are they now? Is that seedling growing faster than the other?

Did one of your twin seedlings eventually die?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Turkey
transitionmetal
Jul 22, 2020 2:11 AM CST
Yes, indeed the brighter one was polyembrionic and its twin did die. I transferred the seedlings into a peat container once they reached four leaves. I think they are both around two months old. What kind of fertilizer would you suggest I use?

Thanks in advance
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jul 22, 2020 12:22 PM CST
Trees grow slowly so don't need a lot of fertilizer. Use some citrus specific fertilizer only 3 times a year, mixed at half the recommended strength.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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