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Plant Terms Guide"T" 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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tamping: Firming loosened soil using a flat metal tamper, piece of wood or a special machine made to tamp the soil.

Tangle foot: A sticky substance applied around the trunks of a tree to capture insects that want to climb the tree. Wrap the trunk with a round of tree wrap and place the tanglefoot onto it.

taproot: A single decending root of certain plants, like a carrot. Taprooted plants are harder to transplant.

tender plant: A plant that cannot withstand winter temperature.

tendril: A spiraling growth that coils around anything it can grab to help support the plant as it climbs.

tepal: Petal or sepal, where there is no distinct difference between the two.

terminal: Growing at the end of a stem or branch.

terrarium: An enclosed glass container for growing plants.

tetraploid: A plant that has twice the number of chromosomes, resulting in larger, thicker flowers. Often, there will be more blooms.

thatch: Accumuulation of dead and dying grass, leaves, roots that lay below the top of the grass but above the soil layer.

thinning: Removal of some plants to help avoid crowded conditions. Pruning out branches and stems on a tree, shrub or perennial to improve its shape, growth and air circulation.

throat: The opening of a tubular flower.

tip layering: Placing the tip of a branch that is still attached into the soil and holding it down until it forms a root system.

top dressing: Placing mulch, fertilizer or compost onto the surface of the ground and not working it in.

topping: Severe cutting of the tops of trees without regard to shape.

topsoil: Fertile soil in the upper levels of the ground can be as little as half an inch or as much as a couple of feet.

transpiration: Water loss by evaporation from leaves and stems.

transplant: Moving a plant from one growing area to another.

transplant shock: The stage a plant may go through when transplanted. The plant may look "ill" while it adjusts to it's new location.

tree: A woody perennial plant usually having a single trunk and at least ten feet tall at maturity.

tree guard: A device placed around the trunk of a tree to prevent damage from animals, people and lawnmowers.

trellis: An open framework typically of lattice used to support climbing plants.

tropical plant:A plant that is native to the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

tuber: A round, food-storing, underground mass of stem tissue. Flowers are developed within the tuber. Examples: Anemone, Cyclamen, Dahlia.

tuberous root: The food-storing portion of roots.


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



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