Glossary

Common terms in gardening, landscape design, and horticulture

Propagation

The process of cloning a plant by taking a cutting, growing roots,etc. 

Cultivator 

A hand-held gardening tool resembling a small rake, often with 3 prongs, used for loosening and mixing soil as well as in removing weeds

Perlite

A naturally occurring mineral from volcanos. Provides drainage and aeration to potting soil mixes. Neutral pH. 

Vermiculite

A naturally occurring mineral from **. Adds structure to soil and acts as a sponge to hold onto excess water and nutrients and release when surrounding soil dries. Great for protecting seedlings from drying out or succumbing to fungus. 

Aphid

The process of cloning a plant by taking a cutting, growing roots,etc. 

Deadhead (ing)

A hand-held gardening tool resembling a small rake, often with 3 prongs, used for loosening and mixing soil as well as in removing weeds

"Deep" Watering

The process of cloning a plant by taking a cutting, growing roots,etc. 

Light Requirements (outdoor)

Full Sun

Part-Sun/Part-Shade

F

Light Requirements (indoor)

Bright Light

Direct/Indirect Light

Medium Light

Low Light

Hardy

A plant that can survive through winter (i.e., perennial)

Perennial

The process of cloning a plant by taking a cutting, growing roots,etc. 

Annual

A hand-held gardening tool resembling a small rake, often with 3 prongs, used for loosening and mixing soil as well as in removing weeds

Woody

The process of cloning a plant by taking a cutting, growing roots,etc. 

Hard Prune or Hard Cutback

A hand-held gardening tool resembling a small rake, often with 3 prongs, used for loosening and mixing soil as well as in removing weeds

Deciduous

Loses its leaves in winter. 

Marcescent

Holds on to dead/dried leaves through a portion of winter. (e.g., Beech - Fagus)

Aggregate

The process of cloning a plant by taking a cutting, growing roots,etc.