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What is the right name for plant base protection wraps?

Sometimes you'll see trees or other larger plants wrapped with a cylindrical hard yet flexible plastic wrap that expands (cut along the length of the tube - not stretching) as the plant grows and ...
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What is a desiccant and is it helpful when saving annual Snapdragon seeds for the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and harvested some Snapdragon seeds to save for planting next spring. I've never done this, but have been told to let them dry, seal them in something airtight such as an ...
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Why are blackberry plants typically named for Native American tribes?

Whenever I see blackberry plants for sale, it always seem like they're named for a native American tribe. There's Navaho, Apache, Arapaho, Kiowa, this only ones I know of that don't follow this trend ...
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What is Etiolation?

I saw a comment about Etiolation when talking about wintering plants. Etiolation is a big concern also, in warmer temps and short days. I've never seen that word before, it sounds like it's ...
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What is the term for removing weeds from bodies of water?

A control technique before planting aquatic plants in water bodies is to remove existing water weeds. I've heard of this being called "uprooting" or "cutting" the weeds. What's the proper term?
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How can I identify the “type” of a rose if I don't already know what it is?

In the gardening and rose books I have they talk about different types of roses - hybrid, damask, china, tea, etc. They give a brief history of each rose type and a couple of pictures, but generally ...
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What is the term for this pruning technique that causes stubby, clublike branches?

These Platanus × acerifolia trees (London Planetree) were pruned to have this short, stubby branch structure. What is this called, and how is is done?
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What's the difference between corms, bulbs, and tubers?

Some plants, such as tulips, daffodils, and onions, grow from bulbs. Others, such as crocosmia, gladiolus, and taro, grow from corms. And then there are tuberous plants, such as potatoes, dahlias, and ...
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What's the difference between annual, biennial, and perennial plants?

Before deciding whether to purchase a plant, and how best to plan where to place it, the basic knowledge of how long it lives and how often it blooms is a necessity. What's the difference between ...
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What is apical dominance?

When pruning trees, most notably conifers, you must be aware of a phenomenon known as 'apical dominance', when choosing your pruning technique, and selecting shoots for the permanent structure. What ...
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What is the ideal state of symbiotic balance in soil called?

I have been looking into organic gardening recently and I remember seeing something that I found very interesting. It had to do with the soil being in perfect balance with bacteria, insects, and the ...
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What is a perched water table?

In gardening, especially container gardening, you will run into the phenomenon called a 'perched water table' (PWT). What is a perched water table, and how does it work?
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What are some good books with definitions of technical words used in botany/gardening?

Watching the level around here, I think I can not provide good answers without knowing the technical terms used in English for botany and gardening like the back of my hand. So I ask for advice on a ...
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Why are strawberries cooled before planting, and what is a term for this procedure?

I've heard that it's a practice to cool strawberry plants to a low temperature (~2 °C/~35 °F) for some time before planting them. Supposedly this results in an increased growth tempo of the plants in ...
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What is the scientific term that describes soil that resists water?

I know this is an odd one, but I know there is a special word that horticulturists use to describe soil that is so arid that it resists water. So, when it rains, the water initially rushes off of the ...
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What is short litter and how is it made?

A book I'm reading on creating hotbeds recommends mixing "short litter" with the fresh manure as the base of the beds. I've also seen websites recommending using grass cuttings or a good short litter ...
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Is corn a fruit or a vegetable or a nut?

I've been debating with my friends whether or not corn kernels are considered to be fruits or vegetables or nuts. To my knowledge, a fruit is defined as "an over ripened ovum" of a plant's seed. A ...
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What is the difference between a spade and a shovel?

I was just reading this article, When would I prefer a shovel with a rounded blade over one with a pointed blade?. The answers said something like, "That's a spade not a shovel". So what is the ...
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Difference between Espalier and Topiary

I'm looking into decorative Topiary. In my studies I've come across a similar process called Espalier. They're both shaped trees. Here's my question: What is the difference between espalier and ...
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Mange Tout/Peas & Courgettes/Marrows

Is a mange tout merely an immature pea and there's nothing more to it than that? And while we're at it, is a courgette (zucchino for Americans & Italians) just an immature marrow and that's all? ...
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What does PVP mean?

For a while, when I looked at plants in catalogs, I thought that PVP was part of the name of the plant until I saw the same name without it. What does it mean?
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What to call this latex material used to tie trees?

I got some special hollow (rope/wire/string/tube - I don't know how to call it) - it is green and made of latex about 4 or 5 mm in diameter and used to tie young trees to prevent wind damage. Can ...
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What is considered a “cool climate” for cool climate plants? Can these plants better survive temporary frost?

Is a "cool climate" one that doesn't freeze? Is it one that doesn't freeze until such-and-such a month? Or is it one where the temperature almost always stays above freezing? Related to this, would ...
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What is hardiness zone?

Several questions here refer to (hardiness) zone 6a, 7, 5-8... What is hardiness zone exactly? Is it determined by only the temperature (maximum, minimum) or are there other factors?
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Are “minerals” and “nutrients” the same thing?

Some good answers on this question: Is it worth spreading ash on the vegetable plot?. But one answer says: I can't think of any minerals that would be present and the other upvoted answer ...
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“Forcing rhubarb” - what does that mean?

In the question Forcing rhubarb - alternatives to fancy forcing jars?, the poster is asking how to "force rhubarb". What does that mean? The house we bought has a rhubarb plant in the yard, but I ...