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Plant Terms Guide"G" Gardening Terms

Here are some of the common and not so common terms you will hear or read about when dealing with gardening.

Glossary of Gardening Terms from Landscape Geek Landscaping

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gall: Abnormal growth of the tissue of a plant caused by an insect. the gall (typically rounded in shape) forms around the insects eggs or larvae.

garden: Ground cultivated with flowers, herbs, fruits and/or vegetables.

genus: Botanical category of closely related organisms, genus is below family but above species.

germination: Starting plants from seed. The start of active growth from seeds.

girdling root: A root that grows around (hugs) another root eventually choking it and possibly killing the plant. Roots will start girdling if grown too long in containers.

glaucous: Bluish white.

globe: Shape of plant material where the width and height is equal, not one of the m ore common garden terms, most people just say they want a round growing plant!

grafting: A propagation method where the scion (a shoot) from one plant is inserted onto the rootstock (stock) of a different plant.

greenhouse: A glass or plastic structure used for production of plants.

grotto: An artificial recess that resembles a cave.

ground cover: Low growing plants that are used to cover the ground to prevent erosion and weeds.

growing medium: A soil replacement used for growing plants.

growth regulator: A substance applied to a plant to control growth. Can be used to increase or decrease growth rates.

gymnosperm: Common name for plants with naked seeds, e.x., coniferes and cycads.


This list is by no means a complete collection of horticultural techniques and terms.



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