The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

March 19, 2013

Common horticulture terms

MADISON COUNTY — As the time to start seeds or purchase plants approaches, I thought it might be nice to have review some common terms used in horticulture and gardening.

Annual plants are plants that grow, flower and die during one growing season, or between the last spring frost and first fall frost. Marigolds, cosmos and zinnia are among the many common annuals.

Perennials that aren’t frost tolerant are frequently sold as annuals in the Rocky Mountain region.

Biennial plants are plants that take two years to complete their life cycles.

During the first growing season, most biennials produce a rosette of leaves. During the second growing season they flower, go to seed, and die. Foxglove, sweet William, money plant and mullein are among the common biennials.

Perennial plants normally live for three or more growing seasons. Trees, shrubs and many flowers and vegetables are perennials. Rhubarb, asparagus, chrysanthemums and bearded iris are just a few examples.

Trees are defined as woody plants that have one main stem and are at least 12 to 15 feet tall.

The line between what's considered a tall shrub and a small tree is vague.

Some plants might be classified as either.

Common trees include ash, maple, cottonwood and Colorado blue spruce.

Shrubs are woody plants that branch from the base and are generally less than 12 to 15 feet tall. Dogwood and sumac are shrubs.

Vines are plants that trail over the ground or climb either by twining or attaching their appendages to a wire, trellis or some other supporting structure. Trumpet vine, clematis, Virginia creeper and grape are examples of common vines.

Bulbs are modified buds with fleshy scales that are either leaf-like or concentric like onions. They're usually underground storage structures. Tulips, onions, daffodils and true lilies grow from bulbs.

Corms are the enlarged fleshy base of a stem. They’re bulb-like, but not solid. Gladiolus and freesia are examples.

Rhizomes are underground stems that are often enlarged to store food for storage. Bearded iris and daylily are examples.

Tubers are thickened portions of a subterranean stem or branch, provided with eyes or buds on the sides. Potato and dahlia are examples.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

1
Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
  • 04.18 Food .jpg It’s egg party time

    I love this time of the year because eggs really do go down in price during the Easter season. I have some new recipes on how to fix eggs besides the coloring part.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 04.18 Steaks.jpg Where’s the beef?

    Today, the American consumer has more money to spend on the widest variety of foods than at any other time in our history.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4.15 Eggstravaganza 1.jpg Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond

    Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?

    Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick-Ham.jpg We old folks have unique experiences

    A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hope’s Wings volunteers need your help today

    Help a local resident “get out of jail,” and in turn help men, women and children break the cycle of domestic violence in Madison and surrounding counties.

    April 11, 2014

  • 4-11 FosterParentYear.jpg Bereans named Foster Parents of Year, Outstanding Adoptive Parent

    Stephanie and Doug Gillum of Berea will be honored as Foster Parents of the Year tonight during an appreciation reception at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-11 PuppetryFILE.jpg Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea

    The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Animal group seeks volunteers to assist with spay/neuter clinic

    The Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life is reaching out to the community for help with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
    The clinic, which operates at the HS/ALL adoption center at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats since it opened in July 2012, according to volunteer Lynn Grove.

    April 3, 2014

  • State funding to help keep domestic violence shelter open

    Money for Madison County domestic violence intervention in the recently passed $20 billion state budget will be used to keep the Hope’s Wings shelter open.
    The budget bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

    April 2, 2014

  • 3-29 PetsofWeek1.jpg Pets of the Week

    This week's cat is Jett, a neutered and front declawed 5-year-old male.

    This week's dog is Ace, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix.

    March 29, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should the Richmond City Commission stop rezoning property to allow construction of apartments?

Yes.
No
     View Results