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John WarmerdamMemberMay 6, 2022 at 1:18 am015559
For Christiaan’s questions, the idea of an “all-rounder” is true, but we rarely choose a variety for that reason. That is why we have a “sweet” variety, a “large” variety, or an “early” variety, or any other trait, but rarely get more than one of those traits. Variety choice is the art of compromise, and grafting gives us a direct way to have two opportunities to choose one best-in-class trait. The regenerative aspect may open doors; we may be able to grow a “sweet” variety that has other drawbacks. Consider Honeycrisp, grown for flavor despite it’s other flaws, performing well using a more regenerative system (listen to the two AEA podcast’s with Steven Berlink).