3. Chalcopyrite with Quartz
4. Spessartine on Smoky Quartz
5. Fluorite stalactite
8. Rainbow Aura Quartz
10.. Burmese Tourmaline 8.15 ct
Samantha Mash, The Mind and Body
This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once
This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?
It does it through the process of chip grafting. After sculptor Sam Van Aken bought a failing orchard in upstate New York full of hundreds of different fruit trees, he began the pain-staking process of grafting several of the different varieties together into one tree. Six years later, the result is this 40-fruit bearing tree, which includes some heirloom varieties that are centuries old.
Image: Sam Van Aken
Wahhhhhh GMOs are bad wahhhhhhh
this tree is an overachiever
If you take a moment to go to the original article linked within the link provided above like a set of informational nesting dolls, you will note that this tree has absolutely nothing to do with GMOs. The artist responsible for these trees (multiple!) achieved this, as is stated above, via chip grafting, which basically involves securing the a piece of one plant to a holes in a bigger piece of another plant and waiting for them to grow together naturally. I’ll note that the varieties of fruits the artist is trying to preserve in this effort are all rare types that were likely to die out otherwise because they’re not commercially desirable on a large scale. One could even probably interpret this tree existence as a form of protest against the homogenization caused by GMOs and the standardization and mechanization of farming in the US.