Gardening Terms MCommon Gardening Terms starting with the letter M.
I've gathered a list of some of the common terms you will hear or read about when dealing with nurseries and garden plants.
This list is by no means a complete collection of horticultural techniques and terms.
M Garden Termsmacronutrient: The essential nutrients needed for plants to growth and reproduce.
mass planting: A planting in which large groups of plants are incorporated to provide mass or balance to the landscape.
melting out: When the center of a plant dies out, normally due to rot.
micro climate: Climate conditions of areas in your yard.
midrib: The large, central vascular bundle of a leaf.
mildew:A whitish coloring on foliage produced by a fungus. Lilac foliage is very prone to it.
minor veins: The smallest veins of a leaf, branching off lateral veins.
monocot: Informal term for any member of the flowering plant class Liliopsida. Examples, likly, iris, palm, agave.
monotypic: Of a family: containing a single genus that contains only one species.
mosaic: A disease that mottles the leaves of plants.
mottle: A disorder of the leaf where the coloring is not consistent through the leaf, blotches may be various shades of green with yellowing spots also occuring.
mulch: Soose, dry material used ontop of the soil to help retain water and discourage weed growth. Straw, bark, shredded bark and finely processed bark are typical types used.
munson: Training grapes on horizontal wires.
mutation: Abrupt changes in a plants heredity that produces plants different from the parent plant. The foliage may be different or the flowers may have new characteristics.
mychorrhizae: Fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with roots, usually of benefits to plants because they provide phosphorus.
On every stem, on every leaf ... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphid, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener -J.C. Raulston.
A green thumb is nothing more than hard work and the desire to make things grow.
Albert E. Tuttle