I would like to have your advice about this thing that we are growing (see picture). It was bought on eBay as an olive tree and after having the seeds on the freezer for a couple of months we got around 30 plants coming out. The seeds don't look to have changed and nothing seems to have come out of them, but all the plants look the same even when growing from different pots and compost. The seedlings don't look anything like an olive tree and the leaves have started mutating worringly. They have developed tendrils too... There has not been any flowers yet. Any ideas on what could it be? My boyfriend won't kill it until somebody confirms it is weed.
Thanks for your help
I don't understand.
Which seeds did you put in the freezer? - seeds produced by the 'tree'?
You got seedlings, but the seeds 'don't look to have changed?'
Anyway, you are quite right - there is nothing olive here (it looks more like black bryony, except the leaves are not quite right).
The 'mutation' of the leaves is probably just their changing shape as the stems lengthen (immature plants often have differently-shaped leaves to mature ones).
When you bought the tree through eBay, was there a Latin name as well?
(Maybe it is a plant that has 'olive' in its name, though not being an olive as such.)
thanks a lot for answer. To clarify: we actually bought olive seeds (not a tree) on Ebay to grow our own olive trees. The seeds that we bought came with the Latin name "Olea europea (Olive)". So these Ebay seeds were the ones that we tried to germinate in freezer, fridge etc. After more than half a year of waiting we suddenly had loads of seedlings (all of the same shape).
As you said already, the seedlings didn't look anything like olives though and we were just curious what we actually started growing. It doesn't look like the average weed that we grow on our balcony.
Thanks for any suggestions that could help identify this plant!
Thanks for the explanation.
Your plant reminds me of black bryony,
but the veins are wrong, and your plant does not have the prominent rounded lobes at the base of the leaves
This is bugging me! It looks familiar...
If NaturePlus doesn't come up with an ID for you, please post again (same thread) when you have flowers and/or fruit.
Got it, I think...
Passion fruit, probably Passiflora edulis.
Its leaves are undivided to start with -
...Then they should become divided as the plant gets bigger.
The flowers are very distinctive -
The fruit is, to my mind, an acquired taste -
In due course, please let us know if this ID is correct.