Flower Breeding in Practice
F1-breeding of seed-propagated species is an important method for breeding new cultivars. At Dæhnfeldt we have number of breeding programmes in progress, but we frequently decide whether we are going to start new programmes. We get inspiration and ideas for new cultivars from many places: exhibitions, journeys, botanical gardens, catalogues, magazines, customers, and trend researchers. There is seldom lack of ideas but they have to be discussed thoroughly before decisions are made because breeding must be profitable. A number of questions are important:
- Do the species fit into our assortment?
- How big is the market? It can be very difficult to estimate for small or new crops, while the market for larger, well-known crops can be estimated from various statistics.
- How is the competition?
- Will we be alone with the new cultivars of the particular species or are we the seventeenth seed company with series of the species?
- What is the cost of producing seeds? It can be very
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