Gardening Terms RBasic gardening terms starting with the letter R.
Some of the common terms you will hear or read about when dealing with gardening.
This list is by no means a complete collection of horticultural techniques and terms.
R Garden Termsraceme: Stalked flowers borne singly along a central axis.
radicle: The main root of a seed; it is the direct continuation of the embryonic stem.
rebloom: A second bloom phase that usually produces smaller flowers in less number that the initial bloom period. Deadheading helps induce reblooming in some plants.
red tide: A bloom of algae in which the cells become so numerous that they give the water a reddish tint.
recurved: Curved downward or backwards.
reflexed: Sharply curved downward or backwards.
reforestation: Tree planting or seeding to replace a forest that has been destroyed.
reseed: To drop fertile seeds that will produce seedlings.
resistant: Tolerant of adverse conditions, ***this doesn't mean totally immune, just that a plant is less likely to get a disease or insect infestation.
reticulate venation: A netlike pattern of veins in a leaf.
reversion: When a plant returns to what is thought to be its' original and natural characteristics.
rhizome: Underground rootlike system that sends up leafy shoots from the top and sends roots down from the bottom. Examples are bamboo and iris.
rhythm: Repetition of elements in a landscape.
rib: The prominent vein of a leaf.
rock garden: A garden that emphasises the use of stones as a main element.
root: the Parts of a plant that extract water, gases and nutrients from the soil.
root ball: The round mass of soil which surrounds the roots of a plant.
root bound: When the plants roots have filled an area where they are contained, and can no longer function to their capacity.
root gall: Abnormal swelling on the roots of a plant, often caused by a disease or insect.
root hardy: Plants that can survive the winter although the parts above the ground die back for winter.
root spread: The horizontal spread of the roots of a plant, typically goes out as far as the top spreads out and sometimes further!
rooting hormone: A powder applied to cuttings to encourage root growth.
rosette: A crown of leaves radiating from from approximately the same point at or very near ground level.
runner: A long stem that creeps along the ground putting out little roots every so often and creating new plants at those points.
rust: A reddish brown discoloration on plants and lawns.
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