Plant Jargon Buster

If you're just getting started in the world of houseplants, or even if you've been planting for a while - there may be a few plant terms flying around that you don't quite understand. So here's a handy 'plant jargon buster' to help you you... 

  • Aerial Root – this is a root that grows from a plant’s stem, above the soil line. A lot of climbing plants do this and will use the aerials to attach to a moss pole. You can leave these roots as they are, tuck them into the soil or give them a trim if you don't like the look of them. 
  • Areole – this is applicable to cacti only. It's the part of the pant which a spine grows out of. 
  • Callus – this is what happens to a cut stem of a plant. It will dry over to form a solid surface that prevents the loss of plant sap while sealing out water, fungi, and bacteria.
  • Epiphyte – a plant that lives on another plant without damaging it. Bromeliads, cacti, and orchids are common epiphytes.
  • Hydroponics - the practice of growing plants in water, this is a practice used a lot in propagation.
  • Node – this is the section of the plant where leaves attach to stems. When taking cuttings for propagation you will need a node to a new set of roots to be abele to grow. 
  • Nursery Pot - this is the plastic pot in which your plant will be potted whilst growing. You commonly buy plants in nursery pots. 
  • Propagationthe process which grows new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts.
  • Variegated – leaves in which some of the natural colouring has been replaced by other colors, such as white, cream, or red.