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What’s that mean? Understanding Gardening Vocabulary – Part 5

Hopefully by now you are starting to understand some of the gardening terms that you may have been wondering about before, or at the very least perhaps discovered that some words can be used, interchangeably, at various times. In fact perhaps by now you are wowing your neighbours with your new found understanding of gardening vocabulary. Either way, let’s continue on with the series.

This month we are looking at the terms seeds, seedlings, germination and bud.

To read through each of the individual articles in more detail, here you can access the entire series:
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 1 (January)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 2 (February)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 3 (March)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 4 (April)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 5 (May)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 6 (June)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 7 (July)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 8 (August)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 9 (September)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 10 (October)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 11 (November)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Recap Part 1
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Recap Part 2

Seeds – Seeds are what many, but not all, plants grow to reproduce. Seeds come in all shapes and sizes but are basically are small bundles of DNA material from parent plant/s (depending on whether the plant is sexual or asexual, more terms for another time) wrapped in some sort of protective material.  Seeds are produced either on the inside or outside of the fruit of a plant. Fruit is generally produced following the flowering of a plant.

Seedlings – The term seedlings can and is used to describe a few different things. Technically a seedling is a plant with only one unbranched stem. It is what is produced immediately following the germination of a seed. However in many cases the term seedling is applied to any young plant with only a few leaves or stems. This is often what is referred to by nurseries as ‘seedlings’.

Germination – The term germination applies to the first stage of development a seed takes in the process of becoming a plant. When the seed starts to grow, the seed shell breaks and a seedling bursts forth and grows towards the surface and eventually breaks through to grow into a plant. When the seed shell breaks it can be said the seed has ‘germinated’. Some seeds will lay dormant for a long time before they germinate, programmed specifically to wait for just the right environmental conditions.

Bud – The bud of a plant can refer to many varied things, but in general it is a tightly condensed shoot which is the beginnings of flower, stem or leaf growth. No flower, stem or leaf develops without first appearing as a ‘bud’ on a plant. Therefore all growth on a plant first starts out as a bud.

That is all for this month. To catch up on previous terms check out the links below.

Part 1 – annual, biennial, perennial & deciduous.

Part 2 – mulch, compost, manure/fertiliser & trace elements.

Part 3 – native, succulent, specimen plant and ground cover.

Part 4 – staking, pruning and grafting.

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