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

[Luther Burbank -- his patience rewarded -- the period of great achievement],   pp. [106]-154 PDF (10.9 MB)

Page 154

I should of necessity give first place to the work
of development of the races of Spineless Cactus,
which reached a commercial stage in 1904. The
work with the Indian Corn, including, incident-
ally, the development of the Rainbow Corn; the
development of the giant Amaryllis; the perfec-
tion of new races of Shasta Daisies; the develop-
ment of new Roses, Gladioli, and some scores of
other flowers; varied work with the Poppies; the
development of new races of Giant Crimson win-
ter rhubarb; the production of the Sunberry; new
Plums, Prunes, Cherries, Peaches, Apples, and
Plumcots; and an elaborate series of experiments
with Cereals and Grasses-these represent a few
main lines of the work that has occupied attention
in recent years, and will serve to suggest the fur-
ther lines of action that will claim attention in
the years to come.
Meantime the present publication, giving the
first complete and authoritative account of my
work that has ever been attempted, comes forty
years after the development of the Burbank po-
tato, which marked the beginning of my plant
development. Yet I have reason to hope that there
are years ahead that will prove even more pro-
ductive than any years of the past-perhaps in
their ultimate importance more productive than
all the forty years of past effort.

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