Breeding New Plants and Flowers by Charles W. Welch
This title brings the skills of hybridizing a unique plant within the scope of every gardener. Over 200 illustrations support the text and explain the steps to this 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. The book also includes descriptions of the breeding of some 30 plants, ranging from fuchsias to roses and tomatoes to strawberries, plus 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 is also provided.