No, I'm not a plant scientist, or a hybridizer. Rather, I can see myself in my retirement, trying to grow things that are a bit out of the normal sphere of gardening.
I'm not ready to retire yet, nor is my spouse. But, we are trying some of that experimentation.
Some experiments succeed. Some fail.
A success? Growing ginger, something we never thought would grow in our zone 5b garden in the Binghamton area of upstate New York, until we saw a vendor in the Ithaca, New York farmers market selling young, locally grown ginger. Then, someone in our Otsiningo Park Farmers Market sold it. So we tried growing a pot of ginger (from roots purchased in an Asian food store) last year, and got a marvelous harvest.
A failure? Our pawpaws. Last year, we located some in a localvore store, and stratified the seeds in the refrigerator. We then planted in small pots.
Nothing ever happened.
We aren't giving up, but I don't think we have a success. Hopefully we will be able to try again this fall.
Have you tried any experiments with plants? How did it work out?