Gardening Terms VCommon gardening terms starting with the letter V.
A listing of common terms you may hear or read about when learning gardening.
This list is by no means a complete gardening dictionary.
V Garden Terminologyvariegated foliage: Leaves that are not solid in color. Most variegated plants have green and white leaves although some will have yellow and green.
variegation: A pattern of spots, stripes or patches in leaves or other organs, caused by plastid mutations.
variety: A subgroup of plants in a species with similiar characteristics.
venation: The arrangement of the veins in leaves and petals. Trees that are simliar in other characteristics can identified by the patterns of the veins in their leaves.
vermiculite: A lightweight mica product used as a rooting medium or as a soil amendment for indoor plants.
vernalization: The cold treatment necessary for biennials to initiate flowering.
viable seed: A seed that is capable of germinating under the right conditions.
vine: A herbaceous or woody perennial whose stems need to be supported in order to grow erect.
viticulture: The growing and cultivating grapes.
volunteer: A plant that grew by self seeding rather than being planted by you.
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