Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener

Joseph Tychonievich


It’s a gift to be able to break technical information down and present it in a way that is not only fascinating, but also in language simple enough that you don’t need a degree in horticulture to understand. Seeking a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden? 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.

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener explains 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 will be producing a tomato perfect for your palate, a pepper with just the right amount of heat, or a more fragrant rose.

Copyright 2013, softcover, 216 pages.

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