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Glossary

 

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

 

acidic

soil with a pH below 7.0 often resulting in a high concentration of iron, magnesium and potassium ions (see iron, magnesium, potassium)

 

annual

a plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of a year

 

B

 

biennial

a plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of two years

 

C

 

 

D

 

 

E

 

ericaceous

specific group of lime-hating plants (see lime-hating plants)

 

F

 

fertiliser

material that provides plants with one or more or the main plant nutrients that help them grow (see nutrients)

 

G

 

 

H

 

herbaceous

describes a plant with soft rather than woody stem/tissues

 

herbacious perennial

a plant whose stems and leaves die to the ground each year and regrows stems and foliage the following growing season (see perennial)

 

I

 

iron

 

J

 

 

K

 

 

L

 

lime-hating plants

plants that thrive in acidic soils (see acidic)

 

M

 

magnesium

 

N

 

nitrogen

 

nutrients

substances which are required to support living plants and organisms, obtained from the soil, air and fertiliser

 

O

 

 

P

 

perennial

a plant that lives for more than two years and usually flowers annually

 

phosphate

potassium

 

propagation

various methods of starting new plants ranging from starting seeds to identical clones created by cuttings or layering

 

pruning

a method of cutting off leaves or branches within limits in order to remove dead or diseased foliage or branches

 

Q

 

 

R

 

 

S

 

shrub

a woody plant with a framework of branches and little or no central stem

 

stem propagation

 

T

 

 

U

 

 

V

 

 

W

 

 

X

 

 

Y

 

 

Z

 

 

 

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

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