I personally never grow tomatoes. I'm collecting some seedlings that grow wildly from tomatoes that people throwed outside. I couldn't figure out whether that small plant on the right is a tomato or not?

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The plant on the left side I'm sure it is.

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    It might be. Sometimes tomato plants don't show the mature "lobed" leaflet shape on the first few leaves for some reason.
    – alephzero
    Commented Nov 16, 2018 at 13:19
  • Yes. Probably the shape is kinda deformed. I might need to wait for several weeks to really know it. Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 3:17
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    Does it smell like a tomato? If you rub a leaf and smell your fingers it should smell like a tomato plant if it is one. Commented Nov 18, 2018 at 1:59
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    It does not look like a tomato to me. To smooth for a start. Does it have a lot of fine hairs on the stems ? (Tomato's do)
    – davidgo
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 18:32
  • @davidgo, man you're right. I've just realized that. 'm sure I've been picking up the wrong plants and there so many of them. Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 8:48

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There are two main things, based on which you will be able to recognize a young tomato plant:

1) The stem
It has a little strings like hair all over it, which are basically potential roots. When they meet dirt, they become ones. Every tomato plant should have them. Young tomato plant stamp fuzz

2) The leaves.
In order to recognize whether they are from tomato, you have to see the picture above. As every plant, they are typisch and special. Typical tomato plant leaves

I can not see the stem very well on your picture, but based on the leaves, it doesnt look to me as a tomato plant personally.

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