Hey guys. I planted 1/2 acre wild simulated last year and some of my early seeds that have sprouted are 2 prongs. Today I found a 3 prong comming up!
Getting tons of rain now.. should see more seeds sprouting. I only see a few hundred when I walk around the whole plot. I planted these seeds fall 2016. 9-10lbs of seed was put down.
I don't think you are seeing 2 prongs and 3 prongs from stratified seed that was planted last fall and germinated this spring.
The norm is a 3 leafer... single stem with no forks, and 3 leaves.
I have seen several over the years that come up with 4 leaves, and even a few that had the full 5 leaf set on a first year sprout but still only one stem, no forks.
I have never seen any first year sprouts that were 2 prongs.
I suspect you may have had some wild seng growing in the area that you planted, and those 2 and 3 prongs you are seeing are some wild seng that is just coming up in your planting beds.
Of course now seng does some odd stuff at times (I had a 6 prong in my seed producing bed a couple years ago)... but I have never seen stratified seed that sprouted first year 2 and 3 prongs. Never heard of anyone that post here of having that experience either.
If you have any Pictures of them I would love to see them.
I would bet that if you mark that 3 prong and dig it up this fall and inspect it, you will find a root neck that has a few flats on it (3-5 years old). You can plant it right back after inspecting it.
I'll dig it up tomorrow to see, but to my understanding I never had any wild seng on my land. I've lived here for quite awhile and walk the woods nearly every day and never found any. But I'll see! It seemed very odd to me too but I'll look at the root! I see some stems with 5 leafers as well. Will let u know tomorrow