FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent


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A colorful but superficial introduction to producing flowers, bedding plants, and growing seeds. Patent briefly describes creating new plants through pollination, cross-pollination, hybridization, and meristem cloning; but makes no mention of genetics, leaving young readers to puzzle over terms like ""male strain,"" ""desired traits,"" and ""inbred"" (none of which appear in the glossary) in her explanation of hybrids. Without supporting her statement, she concludes that ""Because they are so inbred. . .these parent plants are not very strong and don't grow very well."" She also states that developing hybrid orchids is impractical; in fact, orchids are one of the most frequently hybridized of flowering plants. The double spreads of fields in full bloom here are pretty, but the book as a whole is slight. Glossary; index.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1990
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Cobblehill/Dutton