Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
You may or may have not yet noticed that some teas at The Tea Crane are referred to as "Seed-grown". You may have wondered already why they are called as such, and... don't trees always grow from seeds?
'Seed-grown' vs. 'grown from cuttings'
While cultivation from cuttings guarantees the genetic stability of a given cultivar, growth from seed usually results in a small degree of spontaneous, natural and therefore random hybridization: even closely-neighboring bushes may develop slightly different characteristics. As a result, the flavor and aroma of a tea obtained in this way is characterized by both an amplitude and a complexity not to be discerned in cutting-grown teas.
In addition, trees grown from seed grow sturdy in both directions, towards the leaf and the root. Trees grown from cuttings on the contrary, are forced to grow stronger towards the leaf, but are generally weaker at the base.
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