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

By Joseph Tychonievich

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

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 palate, a pepper with just the right amount of heat, or a more fragrant rose!

Media reviews

"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

"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

"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

About the author

Joseph Tychonievich

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

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