Help and Information
We are often asked to explain some of the terms we use throughout our catalogue. Here are some of them explained.
- Soil having pH below 7.0
- Soil having pH above 7.0
- Plant completing its life cycle in 1 year.
- Completes life cycle over 2 years.
- Going to seed prematurely.
- "Cultivated Variety" The correct term for distinct cultivated variations within a species.
- DAMPING OFF
- Fungal disease attacking just emerged seedlings. Use sterilised soil.
- DARK (for germination)
- Light must be excluded to enable these seed to germinate.
- Appearance of germinated seed through the soil.
- The sprouting of the seed.
- Plant grown for its savoury, medicinal or aromatic qualities.
- Result of a cross between two dissimilar parents.
- LIGHT (for germination)
- These seeds require light to be able to germinate.
- A protective soil covering, usually of plant origin, to reduce weeds and evaporation.
- OPEN POLLINATED
- Seed will be true to parent, unless pollinated by another cultivator.
- Plants living 3 or more years.
- Measure of soil acidity/alkalinity.
- Scratching of the seed coat to facilitate germination.
- Process to overcome dormancy, usually by cold treatment in refrigerator.
- Removal of excess seedlings to allow full development of the remainder.
- Common garden term for variations of a cultivated species. Correctly should be Cultivator.