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Wild Flowering Peach, and Improved Variety

Nearly all wild forms of plant life are susceptible of improvement comparable to that shown in the above illustration. Mr. Burbank is always on the lookout for variation among individuals of a species. Wherever such variation occurs it may be accentuated by selective breeding. As a rule further variation is stimulated by hybridizing experiments. In making such an experiment, Mr. Burbank usually has in mind many qualities. In such a case as the above, for example, not only size and color of blossom, but profusion and certainty of bearing would be among the characters carefully watched.

Wild Flowering Peach, and Improved Variety

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 3 Chapter 6