Cannabis cultivators paying attention to their plants may be surprised by these genetic anomalies, but fear not these traits are perfectly normal.
1. Two-Toned Leaves
No, these leaves aren’t trying out for a ska band, but sometimes your plant will produce the odd leaf with two different colors.
- The color is usually split down a relatively straight line.
- Typically the leaves will be split green and yellow, but purple or white coloration is also common.
- Usually only found on one leaf, but can be found on a whole branch.
- Doesn’t influence the growth of the plant.
- Note: Nutrition deficiencies will discolor leaves. You will know the difference because the whole plant will exhibit discoloration and look sickly.
2. Buds Growing From Leaf
Typically, bud form at the base of the leaf, but sometimes a leaf will sprout a little bud.
- Leaves are meant to be solar panels for your plants, but in rare circumstances will produce a small bud in the middle of the leaf.
- The bud may not fully form, but in some instances, it will fully develop like any other bud.
- This doesn’t reduce yields from your other buds, but who doesn’t like having an extra half gram or two in their harvest.
3. Twin-Bearing Seeds
When sprouting (or “popping” as most growers call it) seeds, a single tap root emerges starting the process of your plant’s lifecycle.
- Sometimes seeds will sprout two tap roots, meaning there are twin plants hiding in the seed.
- With great care, it is possible to separate the twins when they are old enough, allowing you to grow two plants from one seed.
- If the seedlings twins are left together, the stronger of the two will eventually kill off the weaker one.
4. Leaves With Different Numbered Fingers
The famous image of the pot leaf features seven fingers. However, some plants will produce leaves with different numbers of fingers.
- Seedlings will have two-fingered leaves. Sometimes a sprout will have three fingers, meaning the mature plant will have ⅓ more branches.
- The second set of leaves your plant produces will have three fingers; the next set will have five fingers, then and finally, the seven fingered leaves appear.
- Some plants will continue producing new leaves with additional fingers. It is not uncommon to see leaves with nine fingers or more from time to time.