Japanese man boasts of homegrown 63-leaf clover

By Jurassic JennJun 23, 2024 12:15 PMCuriosity
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A fortunate fusion of luck and dedication led a Japanese man to accomplish an extraordinary feat - breaking the Guinness World Record by growing a clover with an astonishing 63 leaves. This is reported by SSP.

Yoshiharu Watanabe, a 45-year-old resident of Nasushiobara, began his journey towards this remarkable achievement in 2012. By carefully cross-pollinating clovers, his intention was to surpass the existing world record.

Expressing his ambition, Watanabe revealed that every year, the number of leaves on his clovers gradually increased, inspiring him to pursue the Guinness World Records title. However, his methods of growth were not always successful.

Watanabe employed a combination of natural pollination and meticulous hand-pollination on plants displaying the highest foliage. Despite encountering obstacles along the way, such as occasional decreases in leaf count and the appearance of ordinary three-leaf clovers, the precise workings of genetics behind high leaf numbers still elude him.

Impressively, Watanabe's perseverance paid off as his beloved clover sprouted an unprecedented 63 leaves, surpassing the previous record of 56 leaves set by compatriot Shigeo Obara in 2009.

Elated and filled with joy, Watanabe shared his aspirations and hopes regarding his outstanding achievement. He expressed his desire for this rare 63-leaf clover to bring delight and astonishment to those who encounter it. Drawing on the belief that four-leaf clovers bestow happiness, he envisages that this extraordinary specimen will evoke surprise and pleasure for many.

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