OK, we'll call this
THE SEEDLING SEPARATION POST
I decided that if I was going to attempt this there was no better time to do it than now...Soooo...
First, to have places for the separated twins to live after the operation and prepping for surgery:
I originally planted these in peat pods, which may have been a blessing.
Got nervous immediately once I started removing the mesh from the pod. the stems began getting rubbery almost instantly, though what little root sticking through seemed to slip out easily without breaking:
Slowly and meticulously I knocked the peat loose, and the more I removed the more knotted up this pair looked to be. I started to consider this a waste of time and a loss of two nice aji Amarillo seedlings.
Then it dawned on me to run tap water through the root "ball" and hope that natural separation would occur.
Replanting was something I HAD done before and often, though not with such younglings.
Replant #1, taken immediately:
Replant #2, taken immediately:
And less than 5 minutes later, shock.
I may never do this again, it will depend on what these two decide to do, live or die. I have a feeling that I should have used lukewarm or at least a room temperature water to separate roots, what came out of the tap was around 50 degrees (F).
I did nothing to intentionally kill these guys, anyone with input to assist in future attempts (if there ever ARE future attempts), please feel free to comment. It's early, they may snap back before the end of the day, and yes, I know they may slow/stop growth for a week or more if they survive me....
...that is all...