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Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 11

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Here we are, the penultimate entry for this series in the year 2010. I truly hope it has been a useful series for you and that you are now more knowledgeable in regards to gardening terms than when you starting reading my blog this year.

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

The words for this month are propagation, transplanting, hardy and acclimatisation.

Propagation – If you start with one plant and you somehow get more plants, you have propagated the new plants. There are 2 types of propagation;

1)      Seminal: This is propagation by planting seeds. One plant produces seeds. You plant these seeds. They germinate and grow into new plants. This is an example of seminal propagation.

2)      Vegetative: This is propagation by cutting or grafting. Sometimes you can cut a piece off of a plant, place it in the soil and it will form roots and grow. In this case you have taken one plant, removed part of it and turned it into two plants. Another example is taking a piece from two different species (but usually from the same genus) and grafting them together, forming a hybrid. This results in a third plant being propagated.

Transplanting – This term simply means moving a plant from one location to a new location. A lot of care must be taken when transplanting. Some plants transplant better than others and almost always more so when they are young seedlings as opposed to older, more mature plants. It is best to make sure you have positioned your plants where you plan them to be forever when you first plant them because there is no guarantee they will survive a transplant.

Hardy – This term is used to describe plants that can survive harsh local conditions. In colder climates, hardy plants are plants that can best survive the cold winter weather, or frosts. In warmer climates, hardy plants are usually plants that can survive hot temperatures and possibly lack of regular rainfall. The term may also sometimes be used to describe plants that are easy to grow, or hard for even the average gardener to kill!

Acclimatisation – Acclimatisation can refer to a couple of situations. The first is the fact that plants can take some time to get used to their new environment after being planted, either as seedlings or more mature plants. It can be said it takes a while for them to ‘acclimatise’. With this in mind, and as I mentioned before, it is best to make sure you place your plants in their permanent position when they are first planted because it is during the acclimatisation period they are most vulnerable to pests and diseases, and also changing local conditions such as lack of water. Another example of acclimatisation is when you move indoor plants, outdoors. It can take a plant that has grown up indoors quite some time to get used to living in a new, outdoor environment.

Previous entries;

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.

Part 5 – seeds, seedlings, germination and bud.

Part 6 – bonsai, dwarf, hybrid and topiary.

Part 7 – complete fertiliser, NPK, dead heading and thinning.

Part 8 – insecticide, organic, inorganic and drainage.

Part 9 – loam, peat, humus and pH

Part 10 – family, genus, and species

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