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Feeder root
One of the numerous small roots of a plant, through which moisture and nutrients are absorbed from the soil.
Fertilize
The act of or the actual substance added to soil to provide additional nutrients for plants.
 
Fibrous Roots
A root system which contains many thin roots rather than a single tap root.
 
Flat
A shallow box or tray used to start cuttings or seedlings; plants sold by the tray.
 
Floating row cover
Garden fabric used for protecting plants from inclement weather, insects, or wind-borne diseases.
 
Floret (or flowerhead)
A small flower which is part of a much larger compound flower head; a short, tight cluster of flowers, such as those found in the daisy family.
 
Floriferous
Blooming profusely.
 
Flower
The part of the plant containing the reproductive organs usually surrounded by sepals and petals.
 
Flower Spike
A flower head made up of a central stem with the flowers growing directly on it.
 
Foliar Fertilizing Spray
A fertilizer applied in liquid form to a plant's foliage in a fine spray so that the plant can absorb the nutrients through its leaves.
 
Force
The process of making a plant grow or flower before its natural season.
 
Friable
Soil of a crumbly texture, able to be worked easily.
 
Frond
A leaf of a fern or palm.
 
Fungicide
A chemical used to control diseases caused by fungi, either by killing it or preventing its growth.
 
Fungus
A primitive form of plant life which is known to the house plant grower as the most common cause of infectious disease -- powdery mildew.
 
 

 

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