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Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank (March 7, 1849 – April 11, 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science.

He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. He developed (but did not create) a spineless cactus (useful for cattle-feed) and the plumcot.

Burbank's most successful strains and varieties included the Shasta daisy, the fire poppy (note possible confusion with the California wildflower, Papaver californicum, which is also called a fire poppy), the "July Elberta" peach, the "Santa Rosa" plum, the "Flaming Gold" nectarine, the "Wickson" plum (named after the agronomist Edward J. Wickson), the freestone peach, and the white blackberry. A natural genetic variant of the Burbank potato with russet-colored skin later became known as the russet Burbank potato. This large, brown-skinned, white-fleshed potato has become the world's predominant potato in food processing. The Russet Burbank potato was in fact invented to help with the devastating situation in Ireland following the Great Famine. This particular potato variety was created by Burbank to help "revive the country's leading crop" as it is slightly late blight-resistant. Late blight is a disease that spread and destroyed potatoes all across Europe, but caused extreme chaos in Ireland due to the high dependency on potatoes as a crop by the Irish.

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Some of their strengths

Luther Burbank has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Creative, Intuitive, Sophisticated, Curious, Adventurous, and Generous.

Soulful and Understanding

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Luther Burbank is someone who is a soulful, understanding, and conscious person, who combines smarts with a deep talent for creativity and imagination. A person who seems to identify with family, heritage and ancestry.

Passionate and Intense

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Luther Burbank well know them as someone who can be passionate, proud, and intense, like the sun or a blazing fire.

Ambitious and Forceful

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Luther Burbank as someone who is ambitious, hard-working, determined, and intelligent.

A person who has a knack for identifying opportunities, has amazing concentration and focus, who can work independently, who likes starting new things, and who is somewhat of an intellectual.

Wise and Deep

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Luther Burbank is someone who tends to have an internal innate wisdom, and who people tend to see as an "old soul".

They are also someone who is balanced, stable, and energetic, who likes the idea of home and family, and who is very comfortable being the person in charge.

Creative and Imaginative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Luther Burbank tends to be someone who is sensitive, imaginative, creative, and somewhat of a dreamer. Who is intuitive and compassionate, and who has a friendly, easygoing, calming and relaxing effect on people and for whom friends and family mean the world.

Some of Luther Burbank's challenges

While Luther Burbank has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Luther Burbank can be Indecisive, Unrealistic, Difficult, Perfectionist, Impulsive, Careless, and Relentless.

Indecisive and Unrealistic

One of Luther Burbank's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as indecisive and unrealistic.

Luther Burbank must also exercise caution as they can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Relentless and Inflexible

Luther Burbank is someone who can be relentless, obsessive, and inflexible, who can be confrontational with work colleagues, can have difficulty communicating feelings and be somewhat reclusive, and who can be self-destructive, overindulgent, and extravagant.

Lethargic and Unrealistic

Finally, Luther Burbank also can be too soft, lazy and lethargic, and who can have difficulty finding others who share a similarly dreamy outlook on life.

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