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Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 / Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application
(1914)

Luther Burbank -- the sum of his work with plant life -- what it has meant to science and agriculture,   pp. [155]-[201] PDF (10.3 MB)


Page 198

LUTHER BURBANK
It was stated in connection with this picture
that of the "forty thousand blackberry-raspberry
hybrids of this kind, Paradox is the only one now
in existence. From the other twenty-five thou-
sand hybrids about two dozen bushes are left for
further trial, but from these selected ones, won-
derful new berries are appearing whose forces are
so fixed in the right direction that they generally
produce good and productive seedlings."
It may be of interest, as giving farther insight
into the work, to quote the concluding sentence
which states that: "This pile of brush cost some-
thing like $700, and is one of fourteen similar piles
which were cremated on one of my places last
summer."
Of similar import is the account given of the
hybrid lilies, which were declared to be so varied
in character, thanks to the hybridizing of many
species, that "all the earth is not adorned with so
many new ones as are growing at my establish-
ment." A description of the varied characteristics
of some of these lilies, and two pages of illustra-
tions showing fifteen diversified forms, are intro-
duced by way of substantiation.
To the reader of to-day it may seem a work of
supererogation to dwell thus on the fact that ex-
periments, the results of which were published in
1893-1894, demonstrated so obvious a proposition
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