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Start with a square letter.
Add one more letter and I am practically everywhere.
Do that again, I am a crop.
Repeat, I am a fruit.
Once more and I become valuable.

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The answer:

P = 16th letter of the alphabet, 16 is the square of 4
PE = Practically Everywhere (actual intended meaning: Polyethylene)
PEA = crop
PEAR = fruit
PEARL = valuable

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the right answer, however, my intention on the second step was a bit different. Didn't even notice this works as well. :) $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Sep 23 '16 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I honestly couldn't figure out any other solution to the second line, or I'd have given that instead. $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Sep 23 '16 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ The second is actually (rot13) nooerivngvba sbe n pbzzba cynfgvp - cbylrgulyrar. $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Sep 23 '16 at 20:27
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, I see. I was about to ask. Added it to the accepted answer. $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Sep 23 '16 at 20:28

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