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

[Getting the utmost variation out of a flower -- how the Chinese balloon-flower was trebled],   pp. [unnumbered]-38 PDF (6.9 MB)


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ON EXTREME VARIATION
Now all your disappointment and discourage-
ment of the first day is forgotten. Now your en-
thusiasm is reanimated and accentuated. From
this time forward you carry on the experiment
with renewed zeal, and you feel confident at last
that the coveted goal is within sight.
PLANTS THAT TEND TO VARY
Of course there are other plants that give en-
couragement from the very outset. Such is the
case with almost any of the familiar cultivated
plants, of which there are many species and varie-
ties that have long been given attention by the
horticulturist.
Suppose, for example, that you were to plant
all the seeds taken from the seed pods of a single
dahlia. Perhaps you have done this on occasion,
not with any thought of making new experiments
or developing a new variety, but merely in the
hope of reproducing the characteristics of the best
and most beautiful dahlia among the number in
your garden. In that case you have doubtless been
subjected to bitter disappointment. For when the
carefully nurtured seedlings came finally to bloom-
ing time, instead of presenting flowers closely sim-
ilar to those of the parent form, they have shown,
in all probability, the widest range of variation-
not one of them perhaps has been closely similar
to the parent. Nor, perhaps, were any two pre-
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