The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:|
O passing strange! from each dry slice a root (Holden).
See John Martyn ad loc.: "La Cerda says, that what the Poet here
speaks of was practised in Spain in his time. They take the trunk
of an olive, says he, deprive it of its root and branches, and cut
it into several pieces, which they put into the ground, whence a
root and, soon afterwards, a tree is formed." This mode of
propagating by dry pieces of the trunk (with bark on) is not to be
confounded with that of "truncheons" mentioned in "Georg." ii. 63.
 See Theophr. "H. Pl." ii. 2, 4; "de Caus." iii. 5. 1; "Geopon."
ix. 11. 4, ap. Hold.; Col. v. 9. 1; xi. 2. 42.
 Or, "covered up for protection."