Day 18 - Anyone still following?
The plant is continuing to grow nicely, but still a little awkward. I'm guessing something is off with the hormones on this one. I have to admit, over the past few days one of the "calyxes" (backside) has started to develop tiny ridges. The "pistil" has withered and died. I can see how its possible that it is just a very badly malformed leaf. To me, it looks like it was a calyx that now wants to try to be a leaf maybe. The other one still looks the same, and still has the little white nub. There is just a tiny bit of new growth at the base where they are, so I'm interested in what will come out of that. I can't see any other pre-flowers on the plant yet, so I guess we'll just have to wait until its old enough and sex it the old fashioned way. Unfortunately if it is a female, I can never be sure if they were calyxes or not.
Theres a bit more strangeness to add... In the photos, the right side has normal symmetrical bilateral growth. However on the left side, it's doing this weird trifolate type thing. It's not a true trifolate like I've seen on other plants, this one just seems to throw an extra stem off to the side rather than at a 120 degree angle. The 3rd photo shows both secondary stems, the 4th only shows only the left.
I think I'll be good to transplant it on day 21, the main stem is starting to thicken up a bit now. There is a lot of growth coming in between the nodes. The leaves in the middle are pushing each other out of the way. I've considered trimming some of this out, but I think I'll leave it all natural for now. It's going to be super bushy in a few weeks!
By the way, the red stuff sprinkled on top of the soil is cayenne powder. I noticed a few fungus gnats in a mint and basil I have outside. I don't know if the cayenne will be effective at all, but I figure it couldn't hurt. I haven't seen them indoors yet, but I need to source some mosquito dunks down here. With as many mosquitos as we have you'd think it would be a much easier product to find. Everything I've found is chemical pesticide designed to kills ants, cockroaches, mosquitos, spiders, and like 20 other insects with 1 product... must be some nasty stuff.