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