Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowersby Joseph Tychonievich
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 worryit isn’t hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply… See more details below
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 worryit 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!
"Gardener[s] will also be thankful that a skilled geneticist with a green thumb and a heart for the average citizen has opened up a universe of horticultural possibility."
“Home gardeners seeking to breed customized vegetables and flowers will find much to treasure here. Those interested in plant genetics and advanced gardeners will cheer."
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Meet the Author
Joseph Tychonievich studied horticulture, plant breeding, and genetics at the Ohio State University and was the nursery manager at Arrowhead Alpines, a premier rock garden nursery in Fowlerville, Michigan. Organic Gardening Magazine called him one of “six young horticulturalists who are helping to shape how America gardens.”
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This wonderful book was a pleasure to read and taught me a lot about the basics of backyard plant breeding. I am now inspired to create plant crosses that I had never even thought of before. The author discusses the material in a way that anyone can understand, as if he is right there helping you with your gardening projects. I particularly enjoyed the final section, which focuses on different plant groups separately. Although you can jump around through the book to find specific information, I found it best to read from beginning to end.