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    #16
    Yippee so now I have 2 carrot leaf from 172X F2 to watch. It doesn't hurt that they are among the small ones. The possible potato leaf will be watched, it is medium height in my seedlings but a bit behind most.

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      #17
      These really do come up quickly... my pellets planted on 23 Sept are all up! Some have been up 4 or 5 days already... I have been watching the ones moved on and have a few tentative culls due to size but I want to wait and see what happens a month in from transplanting them.

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        #18
        Um guys it has only been 55 days since I planted the tray of 172X F2 today I noticed I have EIGHT with flower buds in various stages of development. These are all "tall" plants and a couple look very close to flowering... My medium and short plants are still without buds...

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          #19
          It will be interesting to see how tall the 'tall' ones get. I have a bunch of 172X growing in cups. It will be another 7-10 days before I decide how many and which go into the final pots. Maybe Sean could move this string to the 172X page and I will update here also.

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            #20
            That sounds like a very good idea.
            Tall is of course all relative. My largest seedling so far is about 7 inches and that one is not flowering so is sitting in the cull row. The "tall" plants with flower buds are all under 6 inches tall.

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              #21
              I had totally open flowers on two of my seedlings? yesterday that I buzzed with the toothbrush plus a plant with 2 flowers almost totally open that also got the buzzing treatment. These aren't as fast as my Micro Tom (2 of those had flowers by day 30) but I still think they flowered rather quickly.
              The plants with flowers/flower buds are all in the 6 inch tall range. My 3 to 4 inch tall plants are not showing any signs of wanting to bloom yet. That includes my two carrot leaf and my short one I have been watching.

              These are currently in 9 oz clear plastic cups with holes cut in the bottom. I have been looking them over and trying to settle on culls for the next step...
              Originally my plan was to keep the shorter plants which would have left me with 5 or 6 to grow on. Now all those shorter plants are still growing slowly but not flowering while 8 of my taller plants have flower buds. 2 plants had fully open flowers yesterday, 1 has two flowers that will finish opening today, and another has 2 flowers showing yellow but are still a day or so away from opening. Another 4 have flower buds but they are not as full developed as the front four. AND as mentioned before "taller" is relative. All of the plants which are blooming or have flower buds are in the 6 inch tall range. My tallest non blooming plant is 7 inches tall and a couple of others in that back row of non blooming plants are pushing that height. Those tall non flowering plants are an easy cull but what about those short non blooming plants...

              I think my plan for now will be:
              The 4 in bloom will stay and be grown on,
              The 4 with flower buds but not flowering yet I will keep to watch
              The 6 shortest but not flowering will stay to see how big they get and how soon they flower.
              Cull my 7 inch plants without flowers
              Does that sound reasonable? Or am I missing something?

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                #22
                Sounds reasonable. There are no rules. Do what you think best. I have never paid that much attention to how quickly they flower. All other things being equal, it makes sense to select those that flower first.

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