Our ‘A’ to ‘Z’ of Gardening Terms

Terms that begin with “W”

water-holding capacity (WHC)The ability of a soil’s micropores to hold water for plant use.
water sproutA vigorous shoot originating above ground on a plant’s trunk, older wood, or bud union. Usually breaks from a latent bud. Often the result of heavy pruning.
water-soakingLesions that appear wet and dark and usually are sunken and/or translucent. Often a symptom of bacterial disease.
weed-and-feedA combination fertilizer and herbicide sometimes used on lawns.
whorledArranged in a ring.
wilt(1) Lack of freshness, turgor, and the drooping of leaves from a lack of water. (2) A vascular disease that interrupts a plant’s normal uptake and distribution of water.
wilting point (WP)The point at which water content within plant cells is low enough that cellular turgor is lost and the plant wilts.
witches’ broomAbnormal brush-like development of many weak shoots.
woodThe dense tissue composed of secondary xylem in stems and roots.
woody perennialA plant that goes dormant in the winter and begins growth in the spring from aboveground stems.