Seed size

I heard an interesting anecdote about orchids today. Apparently, orchids “prefer” small pots. If you give them a large pot, they spend all their time growing their roots, and only once their roots have occupied most of the pot will they start allocating resources to flowering.

That’s why orchids are “best” cultivated in small pots. They develop a minimum root set in a short amount of time, then get to work on flowering. It turns out, if you’re an orchid, you don’t need a massive expanse of roots to start to blossom. But if you’re in a large pot, you can’t resist the impulse to focus on growing your roots as much as you can.

I wonder if good early-stage investors have orchid gardens.

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