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Old 07-08-2008, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Marijuana plant with 3 leaves?

Okay - I know this post might not necessarily be in the right section since it's about growing, somewhat, but it is really about something else. I may have hit the marijuana "motherload" or it might just be "fool's gold", so to speak.

There is a house in my neighborhood that has been for sale forever. I pass by it all the time and find myself smelling a familiar, skunky smell, at least I think I do. I've looked at this house before, just kind of poked around it since it's been empty, but never during spring, summer that I can think of. Anyway, I am a little bit familiar with growing, and know what a small mj plant typically looks like and what it smells like. I have seen small plants just in the early stages. And, of course, I researched pictures online.

There are plants growing in the back yard, between a fence and the garage (very well placed and hidden - you'd have no reason to look on the side of this garage), and some on the other side of the garage that look EXACTLY like an mj plant. I was sure they were at first until I noticed they only, had 3-pronged leaves, for lack of a better term Well, actually 3 leaves (or prongs of a leaf) connected and 2 more down just a half inch, or so. So, a total of 5 leaves, but 2 aren't connected to the first 3. It's like the leaf is separated - 3 prongs together, 2 down just a little bit. These plants, seriously, look and smell like mj. Some of these plants are around 3 and 1/2 tall, I'd guess. And, there's 50 of them, maybe more.

Anybody have any experience with this? There are also smaller plants sprouting that look just like an mj plant sprouting. I have now begun, as you might suspect, to check them out every now and then. I did some research online and have come across several threads discussing 3 leaved mj - variations, mutants, etc., but thought I might ask anyone on here.

Anyone know of such a thing? Any insight and help is appreciated. Obviously, I'll keep checking them out, but thought I might ask.

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Old 07-08-2008, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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it wasn't giant ragweed was it?
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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try this weed identification tool Weed Identification
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sometimes younger plants first leaves come in twos and threes. Eventually they will grow fives and more. I'm no expert though so thats all I can say.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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theres a number of lookalikes, but i have seen plenty of mj plants that showed the three leaflet look. so its hard to tell from your description but this
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It's like the leaf is separated - 3 prongs together, 2 down just a little bit.
doesnt sound like something mj would do, and plenty of other plants come to mind that could be described like that.
and the smell? smells can be deceiving, a lot of green growing things can have that similar aroma, and the vegging mj plant itself has a smell very different from the mature flowering plant or the dried buds, so i think it might be easy for someone who is not very very experienced with young green plants to get fooled by smell alone.

my conclusion: the leaf description sounds doubtful to me
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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it wasn't giant ragweed was it?
that there doesnt appear to be marijuana at all.

perhaps a japanese maple...┐ i think there are a few varieties of them in the world.
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oh well it's just such a common weed. As far as I know Japansese maple isn't very common at all, though I saw someone use that as a guess last time there was a thread like this.
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if you can take a pic and post it...maby someone can tell you what it is.

are they planted neatly like in rows or spaced apart equal distances?
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This thread fails on so many different levels.


dude, if you have seen pictures of pot on the internet at all, you would know what it looks like. It is not very hard to pick out a weed plant, it is either weed or it isn't.

Those pictures of your rag weed, when the plant is 3 feet tall, it doesn't look anything like MJ if you were up close.


Also, Japanese maple, it's a fucking tree for christ sakes.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This thread fails on so many different levels.


dude, if you have seen pictures of pot on the internet at all, you would know what it looks like. It is not very hard to pick out a weed plant, it is either weed or it isn't.

Those pictures of your rag weed, when the plant is 3 feet tall, it doesn't look anything like MJ if you were up close.


Also, Japanese maple, it's a fucking tree for christ sakes.
Asking a question fails on so many levels? My apologies for seeking out advice, Spanky. Your answer "fails" on so many levels.

And, you are wrong. I have done some research on this, and there are hybrids and variations with 3 leaves (or, actually, 3 prongs to the leaf, as opposed to 5, 7, etc.). And, there are pictures on the Internet of them, some very similar. And, many say that a 3-pronged leaf can be induced in various ways, and I would certainly understand the reason of doing so, if for no other reason, than to disguise the plant. Look up "marijuana plant 3 leaves" on Google.

I have grown a few plants, myself, and do have some experience, although I admit not a lot, and my plants never made it to maturity, as I was experimenting and not doing so hot nor trying that hard. But, these plants look very simliar to what I grew, the growing pattern of the plant, the stem, the build, the leaf patterns as they are starting to emerge and replicate, everything. And, they smell exactly like my plants, which is how I recognized the possibility in the first place. Also, the smell seems to be fading, so to speak, as the plants are maturing. I don't think I smell it so much anymore, but I'm mot sure. I'll put it this way - I was positive it was mj, from only a few feet away, until I got up close to it, and realized the leaf pattern was slightly off. It looks like 5 prongs/leaves until you get up close and see that only 3 prongs are connected, and the other two are just barely separated from the first three. And, no, they haven't been clipped. But, there are 5 leaves, with the connected 3 mimicking the top of a perfect pot leaf. Yes, I know, hard to picture until you see it.

I do know what the typical plant looks like, but also understand the possibilities of what a grower can do, etc, and read many experienced growers on the internet saying that, yes, 3-pronged leaves do exist. But, I wanted to get everyone's thoughts here. I have actually been watching for a while, and the plants are too mature I would think, that by now they would have started growing the "typical" leaf shape. Again, some are 3 and 1/2 feet high. They just keep repeating this pattern.

Thanks to anyone and all for the links - not a ragweed or Japanese maple or anything else I could find. And, I've looked at dozens of pictures of similar plants, and the closest to it was a 3-pronged marijuana plant. Seriously - I have scoped out this entire neighborhood and not seen one other plant like it I have never seen this plant before in a neighborhood. Hell, I walked around a cemetary near where I live, where, in one area, they have a natural prairie/grassland area, where just about every damn plant/flower possible is growing...except this. I've walked down the alleys, past the houses, in my neighborhood, etc. No other house (and, of course, I can't look at all of them) that I could tell, anyway, has these plants.

If you saw this back yard you would laugh. It's very odd, hard to explain. On the right side, closet to the front (but still in the back yard) and by the fence, are huge rhubarb plants, then, behind them, another taller plant spaced behind the rhubarb, then a small tree smashed against the fence with very low branches/leaves. Basically, if you were in the street looking into the back yard, or even literally standing at the entrance to the back yard, the "pot" plants are completely hidden. All of these plants "seem" to provide camouflauge (not sure how to spell that). Another thing, too, is that the sun literally passes right over this spot, and provides sunlight to this little 2-foot area between the garage and fence, amazingly. I've studied the area and it's just weird how all of these things seem to be "aligning."

The plants aren't neatly spaced and that, to me, might be the genious of it. From a distance, they do look like random weeds growing - one here, one there, but they are definitely not weeds. These are plants of some kind. And, some plants are smashed together (I know that's not a good thing to do) on another side of the garage in the left-hand corner, literally hidden behind a wood stack and masked by some plants and weeds that, for some odd reason, only exist right in this area, and provide camouflage for the plants. The grouped plants, from a distance, look like one large plant. Up close, you see it is actually 20 or so plants jammed together, side by side in a circle. Seriously.

Well, I appreciate all serious responses. I will try to take a pic, if I have a chance. This house literally is abandoned, and so easy to walk around. I wouldn't hesitate to "visit" it at night. Sorry for the long post, but just wanted to make the whole scene clear. Bottom line, I guess I'll know for sure pretty soon.
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Where in the world are you? I know I've seen that leaf pattern before and I'm trying to remember where.
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maybe it is just a 3 pronged weed plant
but if there are 2 prongs under the original 3 prongs it may just be a deformity

i say wait another month or two
and when its time (when there are some massive buds on them)
go harvesting at night
and hopefully there isnt a hobo living in this abandoned house planning to do the same

id be more concerned about the possible hobo than the outcome of the mj plants though
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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oh well it's just such a common weed. As far as I know Japansese maple isn't very common at all, though I saw someone use that as a guess last time there was a thread like this.
a buddy of mine has a small maple tree thats very young and it looks almost identical to a male cannabis plant.
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I noticed this morning that I've got 3 leaves on mine. It was the first set though.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:05 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yes, I've thought about the hobo angle, too. But, this is a decent house in a decent neighborhood that's just been for sale for a long time - 2 years or so. The doors are always locked, windows locked, and I look in the windows (I pretend to be "checking it out" from time to time) so I'm pretty sure that nobody lives there and I really suspect that the previous owners had developed this "garden." But, who knows? maybe some other "enterprising" person noticed this abandonded house and planted this garden and may very well be waiting to harvert...So, we'll see - never know, I know, but it's worth a look-see, right? And, yes, I guess I'll see in a month what's up.

Oh, I am in the Midwest, btw. Well, I'm hoping, right??? Jesus, I mean, what could possibly make you happier than to "stumble" upon this????

Also, noticed the plants are still quite "skunky" (I went last night), so I was wrong about the smell fading.

Anyway - too good to be true, right???
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maybe not
hopefully they are herb plants
if so youve hit the jackpot
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