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In 100 Words: Nurturing the Roots for Growth

Chinese Bamboo tree when planted watered and nurtured for an entire year doesn’t grow an inch. In second growing season, farmer takes extra care but the tree still hasn’t sprouted. So it goes as sun rises and sets for four solid years. The farmer and his wife have nothing tangible to show for all their labor so far.

Then, along comes year five when tree seed finally sprouts. Bamboo grows up to eighty feet in just one season – or so it seems…

Did the tree lay dormant for years? Or was it developing strong root system to support outward growth?

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