This easy-to-use glossary will help you translate and define some of the botanical, horticultural and landscaping terms used on this site.
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The term "temperennial" was coined in 2003 by Pierre Bennerup, Chairman and CEO of Sunny Border Nurseries, Inc. He was searching for a word to describe those plants that are perennial in tropical climates but grown as annuals in the north. Since the term was coined, it has quickly spread through the industry and has become the accepted term for such plants, though you won't find it in the dictionary just yet.
Walters Gardens, Inc. defines a temperennial as any plant that is hardy in zone 7 or higher. Please see the individual plant listings for specific zone information for each variety of temperennial we offer.
Growers in colder climates will likely grow these plants as annuals, though many can be overwintered indoors or in a heated garage. Succulent temperennials are often grown as houseplants during the winter and enjoyed outdoors in the summer.
Temperennials add great foliage, extravagant color, and tropical flair to containers and gardens that otherwise only contain annuals or cold hardy perennials. As container and dish gardening increases in popularity and the line between annuals and perennials blurs more and more, the demand for temperennials is skyrocketing.
Search for temperennials on this website using the advanced search feature in the plant database.
A daylily blossom typically has 6 petaloids including 3 petals and 3 sepals. All 6 together are called tepals.
Tetraploids have 44 chromosomes (four sets) in each cell. As a result, they are typically bigger, stronger plants that are often more resistant to disease.
Tetraploid daylilies have emerged during the last fifty years of hybridizing and have expanded the genetic pool from which new hybrids emerge.
The center of a daylily where the pistil and stamens join, often contrasting in color to the base blossom color.
Today, hybridizers breed for green throats that remain sunfast or non-fading throughout the day, as green seems to improve overall aesthetic appeal of a cultivar. Older daylilies, many now regarded as obsolete, have gold, yellow, or melon-colored throats.
Tissue Culture or Micropropagation is an important alternative to more conventional methods of plant propagation. It involves production of plants from very small plant parts (e.g. buds, nodes, leaf segments, root segments etc.), grown aseptically (free from any microorganism) in a container where the environment and nutrition can be controlled.
A form of asexual propagation undertaken in specialized laboratories, in which clones are produced from small cell clusters.
TISSUE CULTURE (Daylily)
A form of asexual propagation undertaken in specialized laboratories, in which clones are produced from small cell clusters. Tissue culture of daylilies has not been reliably successful, as various mutations and non-true-to-form progeny have been produced and disseminated. The method, while proven with many plants such as hosta and orchids, remains controversial in daylily propagation because of its unreliability to date. Future research may overcome the difficulties experienced thus far.
A term used to describe a blossom scape in which most of the buds are presented on short branchlets at the top of the scape. Contrast with candelabra-branched.
Move a plant to another location; also, the plant so moved.