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A QUIZ about Gardening Terms

This fun quiz is all about words used by gardeners. Whether you’re a gardener or not, you’re sure to be familiar with some of these terms. Don’t forget to share how well you do 🙂

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  • Question of

    What do you call the external protective layer on the bough and branches of trees?

    • Bark
    • Roots
    • Leaves
  • Question of

    What is the term for a narrow, straight furrow in the soil in which seeds are sown?

    • A harrow
    • A drill
    • A mattock
  • Question of

    Chlorophyll is a green pigment in leaves, used for what?

    • To attract pollinating insects
    • Electrolysis
    • Photosynthesis
  • Question of

    What is the term for plants, such as some orchids, which live on rocks rather than in the soil?

    • Epiphyte
    • Parasite
    • Lithophyte
  • Question of

    To be called a perennial, a plant must normally live for at least how long?

    • 1 year
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
  • Question of

    Which sweet, nutrient-rich fluid produced by the flowers of many plants is collected by bees and other insects?

    • Sap
    • Nectar
    • Pollen
  • Question of

    A biennial plant…

    • blooms twice a year
    • blooms during its second year, then dies
    • blooms every two years indefinitely
  • Question of

    Which part of a flower carries the pollen?

    • Anther
    • Petal
    • Pistil
  • Question of

    What part of a plant is its foliage?

    • Roots
    • Leaves
    • Fruit
  • Question of

    What is a scion?

    • The upper part of a graft
    • Offspring resulting from cross-breeding two species
    • A sharp tool for removing weeds
  • Question of

    What does it mean if you describe a tree as ‘pachycaul’?

    • It bears fruit every second year
    • It is native to the region around Pakistan
    • It has a disproportionately thick trunk
  • Question of

    If a tree is deciduous, it means…

    • It is evergreen
    • It sheds its leaves annually
    • It bears edible fruit
  • Question of

    What is a ‘prickle’?

    • A vegetable which may be preserved in vinegar or brine
    • A sharp point on the surface of a plant


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