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deciduous
Shedding of leaves at the
end of the growing season
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tuber
A swollen underground stem, crown or root
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terrestrial
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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pseudobulb
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
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bulb
An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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deciduous
Shedding of leaves at the
end of the growing season
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bulb
An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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mildew
A white or greyish powdery parasitic mould
that grows on the surface of leaves and stems.
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aphid
A soft-bodied sap sucking insect
that reproduces rapidly.
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bulb
An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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stolon
A horizontal branch or running stem
that gives rise to new plants.
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bulb
An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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deciduous
Shedding of leaves at the
end of the growing season
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community-pot
A pot or other container that is used
to grown lots of mainly small plants.
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slow-release
Granulised fertiliser enclosed by a shell that
slowly releases the food over a long period of time.
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corm
A short swollen underground stem
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slow-release
Granulised fertiliser enclosed by a shell that
slowly releases the food over a long period of time.
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herbaceous
A soft and green part of a plant
that does not become woody.
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rhizome
A usually horizontal stem (sometimes underground)
that grows new roots and shoots along its length
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colder-areas
Areas with cooler winters, typically
south of the Bay of Plenty.
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warmer-areas
Areas with warmer winters, typically
north of the Bay of Plenty, inclusive.
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deciduous
Shedding of leaves at the
end of the growing season
see also Plant Life Cycle.
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tuber
A swollen underground stem, crown or root
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viability
The proportion of seeds
that are able to germinate.
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pumice
An extremely porous glassy volcanic rock, crushed and added to soils
and potting mixes to improve drainage but still able to retain water.
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tendril
A thin specialised stem, petiole or leaf
that supports climbing vines by winding around anything it touches.
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eye
A bud on a tuber or crown
that grows following season.
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slow-release
Granulised fertiliser enclosed by a shell that
slowly releases the food over a long period of time.
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bulb
An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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slow-release
Granulised fertiliser enclosed by a shell that
slowly releases the food over a long period of time.
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rhizome
A usually horizontal stem (sometimes underground)
that grows new roots and shoots along its length
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monsoon
A seasonal wind in tropical areas
that usually brings a lot rain.
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slow-release
Granulised fertiliser enclosed by a shell that
slowly releases the food over a long period of time.
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tuber
A swollen underground stem, crown or root
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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spadix
The (often fleshy) spike inflorescence of aroids
that carry the flowers
see also Aroids.
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spathe
The bract that grows from a aroid's spadix.
Spathes are often modified to act as petals,
trumpts and elaborate traps
see also Aroids.
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deciduous
Shedding of leaves at the
end of the growing season
see also Plant Life Cycle.
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Bulbs, Corms and Tubers

Culture notes for plants that grow from Bulbs, Corms and Tubers, such as onions.


Alstroemeria psittacina
(Alstroemeria psittacina)
This unusual species Alstromeria is a hardy deciduous perennial. Umbrella shapped leaf heads appear in the Spring, followed by tall flower stems, great for cutting.
Bletilla striata
(Bletilla striata)
This hardy deciduous terrestrial orchid has lavender-purple flowers that look like miniature Catleya. After several years, a large clump is formed and looks quite stunning when in flower.

Daffodil
(Narcissus Spp.)
A hardy spring bulb that can naturalise in lawns and under deciduous trees. It wouldn't be Spring without Daffodils.
Dahlia
(Dahlia Spp.)
A tuberous deciduous perennial with flowers of various sizes and shapes, and available in white, yellow, orange, pink, red and purple.

Egyptian Onion
(Allium cepa var. viviparum)
This unusual onion produces small bulbs at the end of the flowering stem and does not seem to set any seed. Once large enough, the small bulbs can be detached and planted. They will then grow to a new plant that will start producing more small bulbs in a year or two.
Elephant Garlic
(Allium ampeloprasum)
Elephant garlic is not a true garlic, but rather it is related to leeks. It is milder than garlic, grows giant cloves that can be larger than a garlic bulb. The culture is similar to garlic.

English bluebells
(Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Hardy spring bulb with mainly blue flowers. Plant with daffodils and snowflakes for a long spring display.
Freesia
(Freesia ×hybrida)
This is a Spring flowering corm that produces fragrant flowers in a multitude of colours, from whites and yellows to reds and purples, and that make an exceppent long lasting cut flower.
Galangal Galangal belongs to the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family of plants. It grows herbaceous stems made of rolled up leaf bases from an underground rhizome (horizontal growing stem). It is the rhizome that is used as a spice. Harvest the younger rhizomes, and allow the old rhizomes to grow more stems. Excess rhizomes can be frozen.
Gloriosa superba
(Gloriosa superba "Rothschildiana")
This tender deciduous perennial grows as a weak climbing vine. The yellow/orange petals reflex upwards with a slight twist, giving a flame-like illusion to the flower.

Jerusalem Artichoke
(Helianthus tuberosus)
Jerusalem artichoke is a perennial sunflower, the underground rhizomes is what is eaten. It flowers in the Autumn and is worth growing just for the flowers.
Jockey Caps
(Tigridia pavonia)
Summer growing bulb believed to be cultivated by the Aztecs over a thousand years ago. The showy flowers only lasts one day but as one fades another is produced to take its place.

Turmeric
(Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is a kind of ginger grown primarily for its orange rhizomes that are used as a spice.
Voodoo Lily
(Typhonium venosum)
An aroid that is grown for its large decorative leaves. It has unusual flowers uses scent mimicry and trap insects for a night as part of their elaborate pollination scheme.

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