By Joseph Tychonievich
Brighter zinnias, fragrant carnations, snappier green beans
Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener makes it easier than ever to breed and grow your own varieties of vegetables and flowers. This comprehensive and accessible guide explains how to decide what to breed, provides simple explanations on how to cross plants, and features a basic primer on genetics and advanced techniques. Case studies provide breeding examples for favorite plants like daffodils, hollyhocks, roses, sweet corn, and tomatoes.
“New and seasoned gardeners will appreciate this nicely presented book. It could even spur caregivers or teachers to get kids into the garden, growing their very own varieties of vegetables.” —Library Journal
“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.” —Booklist
“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.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s a gift to be able to break such technical things down and present them in a way that’s not only fascinating, but also in language simple enough that you don’t need a degree in horticulture to understand it.” —Horticulture
“This wonderful little book reads like a novel. Tychonievich is in love with plant breeding, and soon you are too…This lighthearted book will make you smile.” —The Times News