Plant catalog terms – it can be another language

Wed. Jan. 22, 2020

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As you all know by now, I could spend countless hours curled up on the couch with a good plant and seed catalog!  I know, I live on the edge!   While many gardeners already know what many of the terms used in the catalogs mean, others might not be so familiar.  So today’s garden bite is an effort to clarify some of those terms for you.

A mini glossary to get you started:

  • Slow to bolt – this term is usually associated with lettuce and is a good thing.  It means the plant doesn’t flower to early
  • Determinate – this is associated with tomatoes (and a few peppers) and means that the plant will grow only so big and stop.  It’s a good thing for patio plantings or if you don’t want a HUGE plant with a lot of green tomatoes late in the season.
  • Indeterminate – again, this goes with tomatoes and means it will continue to grow and produce.  You need room for these plants and you can make Green Tomato Pie at the end of the season!
  • Bareroot – bareroot stock means that the plant comes to you with no soil around it’s roots.  These plants are cheaper but need your attention right away.
  • Field grown – refers to a more mature plant that’s been grown in a field for at least a year, they’re usually more expensive but hardier plants
loose leaf lettuce with kale and nasturtium
Bareroot shrub