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PumpkinGal44
Jan 15, 2017 11:03 PM CST
Hi, one day a seed mysteriously showed up in my sweater pocket. I was so excited...what would a seed be doing in a pocket? So I planted the seed, thinking not much would happen. Well, 9 days later, a little seedling popped up, and it started growing at a rapid rate. I researched what it could be, and it turned out to be a pumpkin plant. I started noticing little black bugs on some of the leaves (underside) - so I treated my little plant with alcohol/water solution and then spritzed it with regular water immediately afterward so I wouldn't harm the plant/leaves too much. Realizing that quite a bit of the alcohol solution was probably still in the soil, I transplanted it into a different pot (which had better drainage anyway.) Unfortunately, while picking up the plant from below the roots and still some of the attached soil, the plant collapsed forward and snapped right below all the beautiful leaves, close to the roots. It had about 7 leaves at the time. I didn't know what to do, so I replanted the roots (which were still alive and well).. along with the little stub of the stem that was still attached to the roots. Everything above it, the entire area that was cracked off, was no longer included. Couldn't reattach no matter what I tried, it was just too limp and the top section was way too heavy to secure it to the bottom. This happened a week ago.

I put the roots and stem tip (maybe only 1 inch tall) in some potting soil and lightly covered it with a little more soil. I've been taking care of it, watering it (not too much), still making sure it gets sunlight or I use my plant lamp on really rainy days when there's no sun. My question is: Is there still a chance the plant can start to re-grow again? I don't know much about plants in general, I'm sorry...I just know that I like them, and I LOVED this plant so much....because the seed came to me, and I felt that planting it was the right thing to do. Like it wanted me to do it. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 16, 2017 12:30 AM CST
Hi PumpkinGal and Welcome!

The sad news is that your little pumpkin plant will not survive. If it had broken with even one leaf node, it would have regrown. But it will not sprout from the roots. Sorry. Crying
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 16, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Daisy is probably right 😞
But. Hay ! Let it be awhile.
MAYBE ??? 😁
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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PumpkinGal44
Jan 17, 2017 12:12 AM CST
DaisyI said:Hi PumpkinGal and Welcome!

The sad news is that your little pumpkin plant will not survive. If it had broken with even one leaf node, it would have regrown. But it will not sprout from the roots. Sorry. Crying


Hi Daisy, and thank you. Could you please just explain to me why it would have needed one leaf node....because of secondary roots? Also, why is it that the roots and stem alone couldn't regrow....sorry, I don't know much about this, but really trying to learn. Thank You!


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PumpkinGal44
Jan 17, 2017 12:15 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Daisy is probably right 😞
But. Hay ! Let it be awhile.
MAYBE ??? 😁
😎😎😎


Philip, I will wait it out anyway and see what happens. I know Daisy ^ above is probably right.... but like you said, let it be a while....Spring is on the way and crazy things happen in the Spring. I am always hopeful no matter what. Thanks! Thumbs up Crossing Fingers! Fingers crossed

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jan 17, 2017 12:49 AM CST
Plants grow at meristems, places on the plant where tissue grows rapidly. The meristems are located at the tips of branches, at the leaf nodes and the tips of the roots.

Plants can be grown from leaf cuttings, branch cuttings and root cuttings. That is how a grower is able to produce a lot of duplicates of a particular plant quickly and cheaply.

Plants have different kinds of roots that each have their own job. Some roots will grow new plants but, unfortunately, there are no squash roots with that job description. The top of the plant had a better chance of survival if you had immediately stuck it in a jar of water.

If, somehow, there is a leaf node buried in the soil, you may see a new plant.

Hope this helps.


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PumpkinGal44
Jan 18, 2017 10:16 AM CST
DaisyI said:Plants grow at meristems, places on the plant where tissue grows rapidly. The meristems are located at the tips of branches, at the leaf nodes and the tips of the roots.

Plants can be grown from leaf cuttings, branch cuttings and root cuttings. That is how a grower is able to produce a lot of duplicates of a particular plant quickly and cheaply.

Plants have different kinds of roots that each have their own job. Some roots will grow new plants but, unfortunately, there are no squash roots with that job description. The top of the plant had a better chance of survival if you had immediately stuck it in a jar of water.

If, somehow, there is a leaf node buried in the soil, you may see a new plant.


Hope this helps.




WOW you sure know your stuff. Thanks so much. And CRAP, I would have done that if only I had known. Confused Crying

Thanks again, I truly appreciate it. I will wait it out anyway....I guess for a miracle.
Angel

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jan 18, 2017 11:18 AM CST
That's the spirit!
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

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 24, 2017 8:40 AM CST
HAY !!! Pumpkin gal.
Is it a thumbs up !!!
Or a thumbs down !!!
On your pumpkin???
Also ! Go to your profile and fill in city you live in. It usually helps us all answer your question. And send pictures. It also helps us. 😇
I tip my hat to you. 😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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