compromise on something

Sirius77

Senior Member
Turkish
Hi,

Another phrase I cannot make sense of: compromise on

"This is also the time (winter) when there is a large selection of species in the nurseries, enabling you to select the popular species without compromising on the seedlings remaining in the nurseries or other distribution outlets." (R. Matalon, sound of our steps)

This section is free of the context in the novel and it is about planting roses.

Have you got an idea of the meaning of compromise on here?
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I think it should be saying that you don't need to accept the less popular (and therefore leftover) seedlings, as you might have to do at the end of spring, by which time nurseries have sold out of the most popular species. Are they really selling "seedlings" of roses?

    enabling you to select the popular species without having to accept whatever seedlings are left over in the nurseries or other distribution outlets
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Sorry, there's no problem there. I've just checked the meaning of "seedling", and it can refer to any young plant grown in a nursery - not necessarily one grown from seed.:)
     
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