Plant breeding May 3, 2013

You be the bee

Okay all you aspiring David Austins—if you’re ready to take your gardening to the next level and tiptoe around with a watercolor paint brush, we have the book for you. And it’s free.

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener by Joseph Tychonievich (Timber Press) shows you all you need to know about plant sex, plus you’ll be making the babies. Better, you can name the offspring after yourself. And become famous. And rich.

To win the book, leave us a comment about the strangest plant mutation you’ve found in your landscape. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.

Winner of last week’s 50 Ways to Kill a Slug......Azucena Gee!


Jennifer B says:

I haven’t had any strange mutations. But, this book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:14 am.

Connie Beck says:

From a tiny cutting in a student’s garden I grew an unusual black sage that has been successfully named and marketed by a local nursery!  Sometimes all you have to do is recognize that something is markedly different.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:28 am.

Ellen says:

I frequently find mutant Equisetum fronds, thickened and twisted into weird shapes.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:55 am.

Laura M says:

Maybe once a year my lemon tree will produce a Buddha hand lemon.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 7:22 am.

D's Farmlette says:

Many of my “organic” tomatoes have strange horns, long ones, popping out all over!

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 11:50 am.

Jen Y says:

Our strangest mutation was from our in-laws garden & it really isn’t that strange. It was a cross between a pumpkin & a squash. My then 5 yr old loved it & we let him paint it for Halloween. So fun!

I really hope I win the book.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm.

Carol says:

One year I grew a marigold that had a back to back flower on one of its stems.  It was like two buttons sewn with their backs together. each facing outwards.  Was so strange and interesting looking.  Wished I had kept some seeds from that plant.

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 7:20 am.

Barb says:

love this! let me be the b! thx

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm.

Anna says:

Last year, I had a sunflower who’s stem was flattened and fan shaped the flowers were on the top of the fan, and were very mis-sharpened.  I don’t know if it made any viable seeds.  It can from bird seed.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 4:20 am.

Sue says:

i’m clearly missing out on some fun.  Most of the mutations I’ve noticed in my garden were merely mutations back to the original color from the wonderful hybrid color I had purchased and carefully placed in just the right spot to complement the other nearby plant colors.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:16 am.

Sharon says:

a muscari gone michelin man.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm.

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