Botany for Gardeners
3,000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored
the science of gardening
without being overly scientific, this botanical primer provides the
kind of botanical schooling that every grower should possess.
the subtitle suggests
a dictionary, the book is much more a textbook with articles
introducing the plant kingdom and its classification; explaining plant
growth and reproduction; describing the inner workings of plant cells.
cover soils, pests, pruning, and disorders.
The text also includes brief biographies of prominent
phloem tubes sit
on the outside of the xylem, and just under
the bark, trees and other woody plants can easily be killed by
stripping away the bark in a ring on the trunk or main stem. This
process is known as girdling or bark ringing.
to the Book
girdling (i.e., leaving about one-third of the bark intact)
can be used to control a plant's growth. It can curb excessive leafy
growth and help promote flowering and fruiting. It is a very useful
process for unproductive fruit trees, with the exception of stone
Mice, voles, and rabbits can often girdle trees as they feed on its
nutritious, sappy bark -- where these animals are a problem, trees
should be protected with some kind of netting or other physical barrier
around the main stem.
explained on 1938 Wills Garden Hints trading card #38
genus contains between 70 and 100 species of woody, partially parasitic
shrubs. They have a unique strategy of acquiring nutrients though a
combination of their own photosynthetic activity and the absorption of
materials from their host.
They are also
known as "obligate parasites" as they are unable to complete their life
cycle without attachment to the host. These hosts are woody shrubs and
trees, and different species of Viscum tend to parasitize particular
host species, although most are adaptable to a number of different host