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Breeding New Plants and Flowers

By Charles Welch

ISBN: 9781861265494
PUBLISHED: 2002
PAGES: 144
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246 x 189 mm
INSIDE: 183 colour photos 52 line artworks

Breeding New Plants and Flowers brings the skills of hybridising a unique plant within the scope of every gardener. Over 180 colour illustrations and 50 line drawings support the text and explain the steps to this most rewarding and magical aspect of gardening.

Topics covered include: An introduction to the principles of breeding: the reproductive methods of different flower types, advice on selecting parents and an overview of genetics. Descriptions of the breeding of some thirty plants, ranging from fuchsias to roses and tomatoes to strawberries. Instruction on pollination, growing the seed, seedling care, taking leaf cuttings, potting on and planting out. Advice on how beginners can crossbreed successfully and how the more experienced hybridist can experiment with sophisticated crosses.

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