Gardening Words and Definitions
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Leader - The central growing stem of a single trunked tree of shrub.
Leaf - The main photosynthetic organ of most plants and trees. Most leafs are single unit. Compound leafs is divided into seperate segments.
Leafburn - Is a result of wind damage or strong sunlight to leaflets. Usually a brownish dried out tissue on outer edges of leaf.
Leaf mold - Decomposed leaves dug into the soil as organic matter. Used in potting soil or mixes.
Microclimate - A small backyard area, which will influence plant area and how well they will grow there.
Node - The joint in a stem where the bud, branch or leaf start to grow.
Open-pollinated plants - Varieties cultivars of plants produced from natural random pollination.
Organic matter - Material orginating from a living organism. Peat moss, groud bark, compost, or manure.
Peat Moss - A high water retentive, spongy soil amendment. Partially decomposed of several mosses.
Perennial - A nonwoody plant that live for at least 2 years, usually much longer.
Peaching - A method of training plants in which branches are interwoven and plaited together to form a hedge or arbor.
Pollarding - Is a pruning style. The main limbs of a young tree are drastically cut back to a shorter length.
Pollenizer - A lant used to provide pollen for another plant.
Pollination - The transfer of pollen from male reproductive organs to female ones.
Pollinator - Usually an insect or animal that transfers pollen from one flower to another.
Rhizome - A modified stem growing horizontially under or at the soil surface. Usually long and slender.
Root-bound - Usually plants that are in a container for too long. Roots become tangled and matted.
Rootstock - The budded or grafted plant that furnishes the root system.
Rosette - Leaves that are closely around a crown or center.
Article by: Paul Guzman
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