Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers

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Timber Press, 2013 - Gardening - 215 pages
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It's the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You're not likely to find it at your local garden center. You're going to have to create it yourself.

But don't worry—it isn't hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seeds of the varieties that tasted or performed best. But you'll get even better results by following the advice in Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener. You'll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program; the ins and outs of genetics; how to pick the best parent plants; how to cross-pollinate; the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers; and how to harvest and store seeds.

In no time at all, you'll be producing a tomato perfect for your palette, a pepper with just the right amount of heat, or a more fragrant rose!

  

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Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How To Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers

User Review  - Lisa Ennis - Book Verdict

Creating new plant varieties sounds like an activity that should be carried out by botanists in sterile labs, but Tychonievich (nursery manager, Arrowhead Alpines) skillfully explains how anyone can ... Read full review

Review: DIY Plant Breeding: A Step-By-Step Guide to Breeding Vegetables and Flowers

User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

Exactly what I was looking for, very practical, clear and fun to read. One nice thing is that the author is from michigan, and we often don't hear from author/gardeners living in climates that aren't ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
8
INTRODUCTION
9
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PLANT BREEDING
13
MAKING BREEDING GOALS
33
HOW TO MAKE A CROSS
49
AND WHY IT MATTERS
73
EVALUATING AND SELECTING YOUR FAVORITES
97
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
121
HOW TO BREED SELECT FLOWERS VEGETABLES
133
RECOMMENDED READING
206
USEFUL WEBSITES
207
PLANT SOURCES
208
INDEX
210
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
216
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About the author (2013)

Joseph Tychonievich studied horticulture, plant breeding, and genetics at Michigan State University. He is the nursery manager at Arrowhead Alpines.

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