preciselyIt is normal to cut back the tap root when root trimming (keeping bonsai mothers for instance)--but I think you might've gone at it a bit too soon.
The root apical meristem(s) are usually mostly located in secondary roots--but when you've only got the one root going (no nodes/branches) you might have just cut off the only part of the root structure which is able to rapidly divide in search of new nutrients.
maybe if you bothered to read through the thread yourself you would see that i already stated that. but i will do it again,because everyone is making such a big deal about it. i am not telling anyone to do this, it was just soemthing i did when i was checking germ rates and then other ideas popped into my head. like hey i should find soem males and back cross to my wifi clone and hey i might as well toss a couple outside this year. so i can give feed back from an outdoor point of veiw as well.Kid, can you be kind enough to state within this thread that you do NOT recommend doing such practice? For the lurking newbies out there that are too quick to read through the thread?
When I'm working with seeds in starter cubes, I curse the heavens when I bother the taproot in any way. I really don't understand farmers who use the napkin method with their seeds in the first place.
Touching the taproot is stressing the plant. And it's a baby...